Katonya Breaux left her job in construction to make suncream that works for all skin colours which is why she didnt have time to lend her vocal talent to her sons international smash hit …
When Katonya Breaux asked Twitter about sunscreen that does not leave a white sheen on darker skin, she spotted a hole in the market. She also realised that many people were unaware of the dangers of exposure to the sun. There is a learning gap between women of colour, she says.
Speaking from her home in Calabasas, California, she tells me about UnSun a line of sunscreen that she has just launched. Although it is designed for darker skin, in a neat twist on diversity, it also works on all complexions. The plaudits are pouring in.
I ask her about moving from construction the industry she worked in for 20 years to beauty. She pauses, as a dog barks in the background. Sorry, she says. Two dogs, actually. Always barking. One is Bisous, a bichon frise, the other is Everest, a Bernese mountain dog who belongs to her son, Frank Ocean. Frank the most talked-about artist of the year, the man whose much-delayed new album, Blonde, has topped the charts in the UK and the US Ocean. That Frank Ocean.