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Zakia Torres

Spiritual Gangsta aka Healer and founder of QuartZ & Rainbows


Tell us about your career and how it all started?

I am known as a healer but I like to call myself a spiritual gangsta! I spend my days motivating others to get out of their own way as my favorite healers helped to motivate me! My career got started after a failed marriage that left me with very little financially. I lost everything and I was forced to tap into my spirituality, connect with God & get creative! Selling "spiritual products" felt like the best thing to sell because these tools were helping me get through some of the tough times that I was going through. I created a popular t-shirt & began to sell products while sharing my story.

What is the favorite part of your job? What are the biggest challenges of being a founder?

My favorite part of my job is being paid to help people heal and share the knowledge that I've gained throughout my spiritual journey. I'm a full time entrepreneur and I make my own rules which is amazing, but also scary at times. The biggest challenge of being the founder of my business is constantly working! Everything I do is work related! If i'm on Instagram, it's work! I'm always thinking about what's next, i'm always on my phone and I have to often remind myself to slow down and enjoy life!

What does sisterhood mean to you? Sisterhood to me is about working together and uplifting each other. We get bashed enough by men so its important to try not to judge and practice showing love both in public and behind the scenes. I have been blessed with many opportunities since starting this business and I did not get these things on my own... sisterhood is what helped build my brand.

What's your personal mantra?

My personal mantra is "Light up & let go!" I'm constantly burning sage or incense to calm my mind and cleanse my space. "Smudging" which is using different herbs to clear your personal space or home is something that I do daily, it's a lifestyle and something that has helped changed my life.

What would you tell your 18-year old self?

I would tell my 18 year old self "Goals over boys!" I did a lot of things back then that slowed my growth and some of those things i'm still paying for. I have absolutely no regrets because mistakes made me who I am today, but I would have focused on my goals and self love over dating. I thought I loved myself back then based on exterior things but now at 34 years old I can honestly say that I did not love myself and it's probably because I wasn't taught properly, so that is something that I try my best to share with anyone who is interested in anything that I have to say.

What would be your advice for women who are building careers in your


My advice for women who are building careers in my industry would be to stay true to yourself! Spirituality is currently trending which means sage and crystals can be purchased anywhere! People want to know your story and feel a connection to the person who they chose to purchase these sacred items from. Pretending to be someone else will leave you with a career that ends very quickly! Believe in yourself, be original and never give up!

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