Beauty At The Surface In Honor Of Carol Lee Cephas Inc. Was Founded In 2014, By Sonji Sharai Cephas For The Esteem Of Her Grandmother; Carol Lee Cephas. Carol Lee Cephas Struggled With Type II Diabetes. It Took Her Eyesight And Both Her Legs. Although She Became Physically Deprived, The Disease Could Not Surrender Her Mind. Bound To A Wheelchair Carol Was Empowered Everyday To Independently Complete Activities Of Daily Living. The Key Factor That Kept Her Going Was The Pampering She Received From Her Loved Ones. Although She Could Not See, She Knew Her Hair And Makeup Was Done To Perfection. She Looked Good And Smelled Better, Which Gave Her The Confidence And Motivation To Continue Pushing Each Day & The High Spirits To Lead A Blissful & Productive Life.
Sonji Cephas, Founder and President of Beauty At The Surface In Honor Of Carol Lee Cephas, Inc. Is a New York State Licensed Aesthetician, Undergraduate of Kingsborough Community College, and she continued her education at John Jay College Of Criminal Justice. She completed her Paralegals Certification from ABA accredited New York Career Institute.
Sonji decided to organize in the community after recognizing the dire need for empowerment amongst girls and women that have been affected by violence, illness, and trauma. Through her own experiences and vicariously through her friends and family she felt what it was like to be in an abusive relationship, survive illness, and re-enter society after being incarcerated. It was clear how much these situations stagnate our women and destroy self-esteem and confidence. Sonji saw a need for partnership and sisterhood in efforts to educate and empower those living with illnesses, rehabilitate those affected by violence/ trauma and provide efficient transitional assistance to those transitioning from confinement back into the community.
"I believe if all women affected by violence, illness and trauma practiced the same self- love and self-care rituals that worked for my grandmother, it can work for all women to help them lead more productive lives filled with bliss." -Sonji Cephas