No Longer Slaving For Diddy, This Woman Is Now Building Her Own Empire

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Karleen-Roy-TVGBy: Stephanie Allen-Gobert

Work for Sean Comb, check! A dream come true for Karleen Roy who worked as Combs’ executive assistant for  five years. Now the assistant has dreams of her own on becoming a mogul. She has launched a new luxury management company The Vanity Group with the hopes of her own success.

The Vanity Group (TVG) was launched with a lavish celebration at the Armand de Brignac showroom and is quickly building an impressive client roster with names like Fabolous, Ne-Yo, Adrienne Bailon and more.

In an interview with Madame Noire, Roy talks about working with Combs and The Vanity Group: “There are a lot of luxury lifestyle management companies out there, but our niche is that our brand personality is a bit more edgy, sexy and fresh. Someone has to preserve the sexy!” Roy stated.  When asked what her inspiration behind the creation of TVG was, Roy stated: “While I was in my position at Bad Boy as Mr. Combs executive assistant, I really loved my job and I loved that I could get just about anything done successfully. So from that, I started to think in the back of my mind that this, lifestyle management for well known individuals, could develop into something bigger in a more unique way.”

TVG offers three services: bespoke event producing, luxury concierge services and talent relations.

“Entrepreneurship is something that a lot of people don’t understand or are afraid of. So starting off, I was fighting for respect and recognition that [The Vanity Group] was indeed my new job, my career and not just something I was doing on the side.” said Roy.

Working with a lot of different entertainers and moguls besides Sean Combs, Roy had some advice for someone interested in working with celebrities at her level:”Know your place and do not get caught up in their life. You are there to work, not hang out and get comfortable.”

Out of all her projects thus far, Roy said she is most proud of the opportunity to produce Fabolous’ “Great Fabsby” birthday event in New York City. “It was huge success that we planned in less than 4 days-it was a miracle!”

“Working for Mr. Combs was the best training there is-like training for the Navy Seals. He’s the consummate professional so I’m thankful I was able to learn those skills because the [business] acumen I inherited is priceless. Also, a lot of my clients have come from people I met while working at Bad Boy. Relationships and referrals are key in this business.”

When asked who would be her dream client, Roy said:”My dream client would be either Magic Johnson or Oprah Winfrey. I respect the empire that they have built so it would be an honor for me to have them as a client.”

Source: www.theroot.com

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