Born in Miami, FL and raised in Lakeland, FL to Haitian immigrants, Marcel and Hermane Joseph, Carline and her three siblings watched as their parents worked day in and day out to provide for the whole family. Her parents instilled the importance of faith, consistency, and hard work.
Carline graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2006, and earned a bachelor degree in Communications. Smothers then launched a career in education.
She married Vershumn Smothers in December of 2006 and later had three children.
While working in the public school system, she noticed that the same negative stereotypes she had witnessed growing up about her culture, were manifesting in the kids she was teaching. During her lunch breaks, she thought of clothing stores and malls, that would have her positive cultural perspective. Smothers began scribbling notes in a journal and sought the feedback of her sister Velma and a cousin Masline. From there, the concept of Zoe Beautee was no longer a cherished idea, but an actual fashion t-shirt line. “Expressing Beauty Through Language” is her slogan. Bèl Fanm®(beautiful woman), I ️ being Haitian, ZOE Beauty, Mwen renmen soulye mwen (I love my shoes), Mwen Anfóm (I look good), and Zoe Proud (proud Haitian) to name a few.
Carline has been pushing the envelope since! With two self published books, Fanmi Mwen (My Family) and Mmmmm! Soup Joumou! Illustrated by Fuuji Takashi. Carline received the Woman on Fire Writer Award in 2016 and International Women of H.O.P.E award in 2017 for Promoting Haitian Beauty and Cultured through Reading and Fashion. In not wanting her Haitian American children to loose their Haitian culture she created the ZOE BEAUTEE Little Reader’s Collection. She is also working on a Carline doll, the main character of the series, as well as an animation with song to bring her to life.
She strives to teach self love while introducing children to the richness of the Haitian culture.
This wife and mother of three credits her husband, children, and supporters!
“I could not have come this far without their support!”