Danetra was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is the daughter of parents who grew up on James Island which lead her to  Charleston for a culinary internship with Magnolias in 2008. During her time at Magnolias, Danetra was working toward her second degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management at The College of Charleston, where she realized that her passion for desserts would lead to the next step in her career.

After various stages and positions throughout the Charleston area and taking time to hone her pastry skills, Danetra opened Swank Desserts, an online dessert shop where she focuses on providing unique, non-traditional, and high quality treats.

Richardson has an AS Degree in Cuilnary Arts from Johnson & Wales University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism from The College of Charleston.