The founder of an online beauty company that inspired generations of young black women is dying at the age of 87.
Craig, whose real name was Jenny Craige, was born in Harlem, New York in 1932 and moved to Chicago in 1941.
In 1968, she started The Skinnygirl, an online fashion store that sold body-care products and accessories for women of color.
In 1972, Craig was arrested for drug trafficking and later convicted.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in 2015, Craigs daughter, Jami, recalled a time when she was a teenager in Chicago and a gang member who would rob her of her jewelry.
“I remember my mother telling me to put it in a bag, ’cause she didn’t want it back,” Jami said.
“She said that if you get caught, you’ll be in jail for three years.”
Her father, who was a gang leader, died in 1992 at age 77.
She moved to Florida in 1994 and started the company she now runs.
“It’s a great company,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
“You can find something new and unique every day.”
Her legacy of success is not limited to women of colour.
Craigs first black male employee was in 1995 and she worked alongside other black women for a time.
“When I started [the company], it was not about me, it was about the black community,” she said.
She said she and her male co-workers saw themselves as a part of that community.