“I’m a dog lover, a dog caregiver, a dog stylist, a dog’s best friend, I can go on with that list. They really are my life! I don’t know what life would be like without them!”
Ashley Ann is the owner of “Diamonds in the Ruff ” in New Jersey. Established in 2015, Ann’s clients include author and television host, Shanda Freeman, New Jersey’s Housewives and Cake Boss’s, Maddalena Castano. The 28-year-old is the first African American to complete a master’s study program in Chongging, China, Yin Li Pet Grooming school.
What sparked your interest in pet grooming?
It’s still amazing that in 2019, African-Americans are still being the first in something. For you, it was the first to complete Masters at Yin Lin Grooming School in Chongqing, China. Why that particular program?
“In Asia, dog-grooming is a form of art, groomers are held to a very high standard. I immediately developed an extreme interest in the Asian techniques, when I was first introduced to it, a few years ago. It quickly became my passion. I not only wanted to further my education in the grooming industry, but I wanted to bring the same techniques and meticulous grooming styles to the USA. Yin Li was one of the first academies to help me accomplish my goal.”
What did people think when you told them you were going to school in China? How was your experience there?
Your passion for pet grooming, sparked the creation of Diamonds in the Ruff?
What’s your favorite part about being a business owner?
“What makes me a Royal Woman is knowing that the sky is the limit! I’m rebellious, I’m a hard worker, I think outside the box. I know that I came from royalty, my ancestors were royalty, and I’m just building my legacy. By being the first African American to accomplish this in the year of 2019, that has already shown me the path that God has aligned for me. Diamonds in the Ruff is just the first steppingstone in order to build a legacy. I plan to make a difference in the world and that is something only a Royal Woman can do!”
A working journalist, entrepreneur and founder of RoyalTee Enterprises. Born and raised in Tampa, Fla. The vision of RoyalTee was inspired in 2015 by Alexia’s ambitions to return to her passion for creative writing and publishing and create a platform to showcase the excellence of minority women across the country through professional, personal and social ventures.