Chicago TV Star Charmaine Johnise Talks Natural Hair, Injectable Filler, and Why Olive Oil Rocks

Charmaine Johnise

In The PathTM, we spotlight different women making a difference in the fashion, beauty, wellness, and medical aesthetics industries. Here, media personality Charmaine Johnise shares her road to success.

Voluntarily opening a window into your life takes a serious level of bravery from which most people shy away. For media personality Charmaine Johnise, signing up to be a cast member on a VH1® reality show in 2015 wasn’t just about putting her world on display — it was the serendipitous career move she’d hoped for since college. 

The Louisiana native had always wanted to work in entertainment, and while enrolled at Howard University®, she originally planned to major in mass communications. “Because it’s almost a one in a million chance of becoming successful in the field, I changed my major to something that had a more tangible success rate — speech pathology and audiology,” explains the 29-year-old. Yet, her dream still found her, albeit unexpectedly, when she befriended the team at 9Mag℠, a tattoo shop in Chicago. 

“The guys who worked at the shop and I got really close,” she shares. “They were creating a lot of buzz in Chicago for being a premiere tattoo shop — and VH1 literally just found us.” The network was about to start filming a reality show surrounding the day-to-day operations of 9Mag, and the shop’s owners recommended to VH1 that Johnise get cast, too. The premise of Black Ink Crew®: Chicago was to follow the employees of the tattoo parlor as they navigated the drama of day-to-day operations. Johnise was billed as the “flirtatious event planner,” and after a successful first season, she was able to use her newfound TV platform as a springboard to propel her career.

Editor's Note

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