For Brina, who is based in the US, the opportunity with Arbonne soon turned sour. "I found it difficult and quite overwhelming from the outset," she says. "I was being told to message everyone in my network and add as many people as I could on social media. I felt uncomfortable with how I was meant to go about bringing the products to other people's attention." She was also concerned about the type of products she was encouraged to sell. "I liked the cosmetics but they also had this 30-day healthy living programme, as well as protein powders and various supplements. I have struggled with disordered eating
in the past and didn’t feel right about selling these because it involved calorie deprivation." Although many of the women she worked alongside were pleasant, the demographic skewed heavily towards white women in their 30s and 40s. "As a person of colour, I didn’t feel I could connect with a lot of people in the group," says Brina. "In the beginning people are so friendly and supportive but because it’s all about sales, I didn’t feel I was getting any real depth out of the relationships."