I think when you are really able to fully express who you are, you don't think about retiring from that. You just want to continue to do that.

Twenty years ago, Judi Henderson started a side business renting mannequins from her backyard. Since then, Judi has built the only Black-owned mannequin company in the country, Mannequin Madness. In honor of her business success, Judi, also known to many as “The Mannequin Queen,” received a Special Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Living History Maker Award from Wells Fargo Bank.

On Start Small, Dream BIG, Judi talks to Center President Kerry Healey about what inspired her to start collecting mannequins and how her side hustle turned into a successful and sustainable business.

Judi Henderson-Townsend

Founder, Mannequin Madness


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