What does determination and grit look like? Melissia Rene Brim would answer her spirit is the true embodiment of all of the above.
Born in Belleville, Illinois, Melissia spent her childhood between St. Louis and Las Vegas. The child of a retired Air Force Staff Sergeant, Melissia had a happy, loving family life. Moving to the city of lights and charisma, Melissia was deemed a social butterfly by her peers and made friends fast. Living in an area of grandeur helped her realize her dreams of acting, so Melissia surrounded herself with people who brought out the natural star status from within. It wasn’t long that Melissia found herself going down a path she was not quite ready for so early in life. Finding herself pregnant at the age of 16, though scared, Melissia was able to find inner- strength to mold a new path.
With the support of her parents, Melissia found the courage and determination to press forward. To provide for her son, she worked vigorously toward completing her education all while keeping a job to sustain family responsibilities. Her naturally sweet, inviting personality later attracted the love of her life when she met a young ambitious boxer, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Though the love affair ended, their friendship grew deeply all while being doting parents to daughter, Iyanna Mayweather. The experiences she cultivated as a young woman only just begun, all while setting the tone of becoming a successful yet determined entrepreneur.
Melissia never gave up on her childhood dreams of stardom, but since it wasn’t substantially equivalent to steady income, discovering and sharpening her natural skills became priority, however success didn’t come easily. Melissia has encountered some trials and tribulations, despite what the naysayers did; she always made sure she could provide for herself and her children.
Melissia soon found her hidden talents in the business of celebrating women: the beauty industry. While her mission was to help others find their inner glamour and style, Melissia began to tend to the hair care needs of clients along with the element of fashion styling. With that, she created “Devanna Love”, a boutique beauty bar specializing in trendy women's fashion, select designer apparel and TMT specialty items. Immortalizing the names of her children, it also functions as an all-purpose hair and make-up bar. The establishment supports women with helping them find their inner strength within.
Outside of being a budding entrepreneur, Melissia’s philanthropic efforts are nothing short of phenomenal. She lends her time and capabilities to The Shade Tree, which is a Las Vegas shelter for women, and works to support at-risk children and teenagers by helping to raise funds that go toward books, school supplies, and supplemental activities to help them realize and chase their dreams. Through it all, Melissia has emerged through the fray as a successful businesswoman, philanthropist and motivational speaker.