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How 27-Year-Old Maya Portorreal Went From Making $45K A Year To About $20K Per Month

One sensitive skin issue just led to the ultimate come-up for this entrepreneur! According to CNBC Make It, Maya Portorreal went from working in retail, averaging $45,000 per year, to raking in more than $350,000 for her jewelry line that was launched as a side hustle back in 2019. As someone who has always loved the way jewelry enhances an outfit or her overall appearance, Portorreal was saddened after realizing that certain things broke out her sensitive skin during her days as a retail assistant at Pierre Hardy, a luxury apparel brand in New York. “I have very sensitive skin,” she shared with CNBC Make It. “I can’t wear brass… I can’t really wear too much copper.” Fortunately (and unfortunately), her skin’s reaction to certain products led her to create Kitten Co. Jewelry.

Mar 31, 2022