Updated: November 25, 2013 2:49AM
When Victoria Thomas-Bodie was a senior at Roosevelt High School, she was told by her counselor that she did not have enough credits to graduate with her fellow 1987 classmates.
Her grades were bad and she was labeled a “mischievous child” who would be better off getting a GED or going into the military. The youngest of nine children, Thomas-Bodie said her parents told her to make a decision.
Growing up first at the Gary Housing Authority’s Fellowship Gardens then Dorie Miller Community Housing, Thomas-Bodie could have easily fallen through the cracks of the system and become a statistic.
But she cleaned up her life and is an entrepreneur and president of PINK Tub LLC, creating and marketing luxurious organic soaps, lotions and body scrubs in New York City with husband Kevin Bodie.
A home-based business, PINK Tub began last year after Thomas-Bodie spent $200 on organic soaps and products at a spa in Arizona while on vacation.
“I decided I could save money and make my own soaps and lotions, but I had no clue on how to do it,” she said with a laugh.
Thomas-Bodie started research on creating a business and formed her LLC in March 2012. She ordered books, watched YouTube videos and took classes on how to make soaps, oils and lotions. She made her first batch of organic soaps in June 2012.
Within a year’s time, PINK Tub has grown into a luxury brand of organic beauty and health products for men (the “Just 4 HIM” line) and women.
Thomas-Bodie could have easily chosen to fall through the cracks when given the options as a struggling high school student. Instead, at 18, she went to Houston and a year later enrolled in a GED class while working nights at a clothing store.
She got her GED in 1989 and worked entry-level jobs until she moved to New York in 1991. In 1996 she was an off-and-on part-time student at Borough of Manhattan Community College, paying out of her pocket for classes.
In 2009 she entered the City University of New York with more than 60 credits. She’s earned an associate’s degree in applied science and is working on a bachelor’s degree in business administration while holding down a part-time job and enhancing PINK Tub.
“I am an example that you don’t have to stay in the wrong direction,” she said. The PINK Tub can be found on Facebook, Instagram @hepinktub, www.thepinktub.tumbler.com, Twitter @MrsV_Thomas and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/thepinktub.
For additional information, call (855) 746-5882 or email at Victoria@thepinktub.com.