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25 Black Women You Should Know About

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we at HelloBeautiful.com wanted to highlight  some of the amazing women who inspire us everyday.  We selected 25 women of different ages, across many fields who are currently making history as they strive fearlessly to achieve their greatest limits.  While some of these ladies are at the beginning of their careers and some are seasoned veterans, we believe all of them are “women to know”.  Read on to find out who made the list. -Hello Beautiful Staff


Ester Dean
The Firework
Katy Perry, Rihanna, Usher, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Ciara, and R. Kelly can all thank Ester Dean for their chart topping success. The Oklahoma native’s song writing resume reads like a who’s who of music’s A-list. After relocating to Atlanta, Dean teamed up with producer Polow da Don, Zone4Inc., and Interscope Records. After years of singing on demos and being met with opposition to her raspy voice, in 2009, Ester released “Drop It Low,” featuring Chris Brown, which gave the singer her first Billboard Top 40 Hit on her own.

Briana Bigham
Bag Envy

Briana Bigham has always loved handbags. In fact, her cousin held an intervention after Bigham binged on several pairs of handbags in one outing. It is safe to say she knows her stuff and it comes as no surprise that when the time came for the fashion industry veteran to step out on her own, she would launch her own luxury handbag line B. Marie Style.

Becca Alexis
Purveyor of Style
Stylist to the stars, Becca Alexis founded her business Pulchritude and Concepts in 2007. Since she’s worked with Ne Yo, Trey Songz, Valerie Ortiz, Marlon Wayans, Janet Jackson, Dawn Richards, Mark Wahlberg, Katherine Heigl, Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, Ginuwine and Jamie Foxx just to name a few.

Nonhle Thema
The Globe Trotter
South African beauty Nonhle Thema is one of the biggest on-air personalities in her country, has a reality show, served as the Global Ambassador to Dark & Lovely, has started her own production company and rubs elbows with Virgin mogul Richard Branson as she works diligently to garner support for her own mentorship program with Nonhle’s Angels. One conversation with Thema and it’s clear she’s a woman on a Global mission.

Joan Smalls
A Head Above The Rest
Caribbean beauty Joan Smalls found success in her home country of Puerto Rico as the face of Estee Lauter before we got to know her as the rising star who is Gucci’s latest muse. Only a year into her career, she was hand picked by Ricardo Tisci to walk in the Givenchy Spring 2010 couture fashion show and was immediately thrown into the ranks of a coveted catwalker. Joan has walked for Oscar de la Renta, Brian Reyes, Catherine Malandrino, Jean Paul Gautier, Stella McCartney, Prada, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, and Hermès. We’re keeping our eye out for this catwalking diva to be the true America’s Next Top Model.


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Stephen Curry Inspired By 9-Year-Old To Provide Curry 6 Shoes For Girls

Proving to be more than just an expert shooter from the free-throw line, Stephen Curry has managed to do right by the majority of the people in his life, including a young girl he's never met.

After receiving a handwritten letter from 9-year-old Riley Morrison, the precocious kid pointed out one minor issue with the Golden State Warrior's latest Curry 5 shoes — the sneakers were not manufactured in girls' shoe sizes.

hey @stephencurry30 can u help? pic.twitter.com/3jwuEc776B

— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) November 26, 2018

"My dad and I visited the Under Armour website and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5s for sale under the girl's section," the aspiring basketball player wrote.

Quickly swooping in for the save, the 30-year-old athlete responded with a written note, saying, "I appreciate your concern and have spent the last 2 days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue." Continuing the letter, the father-of-three went on to say, "I am going to send you the Curry 5's now and you will be the first kid to get the Curry 6."

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— gu-c (@guchawney) November 29, 2018

In a statement to VIBE, Dean Stoyer, VP, Global Brand Communications for Under Armour explained the shoes were intended to be worn by girls and boys.

"Thanks to Riley and Stephen, we’re correcting a simple yet critical error. We’ve actually offered Curry signature footwear in youth sizing for boys and girls since the initial Curry 1; however, labeling that youth sizing for “Boys” and not designating for boys and girls, was simply wrong," he said. "Beginning now and moving forward our youth sizes will be properly labeled on UA.com to reflect co-gender “Grade School” sizing, and on boxes beginning with the first youth sizes of the Curry 6 delivering this spring."

Working diligently to correct the mistake, Curry proceeded to invite the young fan to an event for International Women's Day in March.

Looks like everyone wins, including Riley and girls all over the nation.

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Wu-Tang Clan Taps Teyana Taylor To Model New Lipstick Collab

On Thursday (Nov. 1), the iconic hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan announced to Billboard that they teamed up with Milk Makeup to launch their first-ever cosmetics line with Teyana Taylor as the star of the campaign.

Wu-Tang, who is heavily inspired by Chinese culture, are no strangers when it comes to extending their brand beyond music. In the past, the Staten Island group has had a line of sneakers via a partnership with Nike and spent this year launching an apparel collection of streetwear for different seasons.

However, this is the first time the group hopes to reach to the hearts of ladies everywhere with the new lipstick collection. Wu-Tang's RZA told Billboard that his wife is a fan of Milk Makeup products. "My wife has a cool perspective about makeup [because] in her youth, she was in the modeling circles," RZA said.

"She is a fan of Milk Makeup's products, and when [Rassi and I] talked about forming a collaboration that reflected our NYC sensibility, and philosophy makeup became the unique and unpredictable choice," he added. "The Milk Makeup collaboration was spearheaded by my wife."

The 46-second commercial for the limited-edition product features Teyana Taylor performing karate moves on a roof with the NYC skyline in the background. Dressed in an all-black battle suit with long sleek black hair, Taylor is focused on her kung-fu styled moves as the video goes into slow-motion.

Taylor, who featured Wu-Tang on a remix to her 2018 single "Gonna Love Me" spoke with Milk about the new venture. "[Working with Milk and Wu-Tang] was a no-brainer. I have been a huge fan of Wu-Tang forever and I love the modern energy of Milk Makeup. When I saw the quality of the lipstick with the custom-sculpted dragon on the bullet, I was impressed—it's like a work of art."

The limited-edition collection is currently available exclusively on MilkMakeup.com. Each of the lipsticks can be bought separately for $55 each or all together for $440. Along with the collection comes a 24 karat gold compact mirror ($75) and a makeup pin set ($18) that can also be bought separately.

Will you be buying one for the holiday season?

 

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WU-TANG X MILK MAKEUP 美 AVAILABLE NOW - We are unleashing a ❗️limited-edition❗️collection of 8 luxe Lip Colors in collaboration with Wu-Tang that balances sacred Chinese ingredients with high-payoff colors. - The longwear Lip Colors, each named after the eight earthly elements of the I Ching Trigrams ☯️ are housed in a specially-made component, revealing a custom-sculpted dragon upon opening. 🐲CHI (high shine red) 🐲SACRED (rose gold glitter) 🐲FIRE (matte orange red) 🐲FLOW (high shine rosy beige) 🐲FREQUENCY (purple glitter) 🐲SOURCE (high shine burgundy) 🐲CYPHER (high shine brown) 🐲RUCKUS (high shine hot pink) - Our #wutangxmilkmakeup Lip Colors available NOW exclusively on milkmakeup.com - Video features ME! Original beat produced by @RZA Campaign video produced by @whoodencollective

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Virgil Abloh's Moët Collaboration Goes The Cool Kid Route With Free Tape Dispensaries

Virgil Abloh's collaboration with Moët & Chandon is pivoting towards an interactive leg thanks to an unveiling of custom-wrapped bus shelters (stops) with the Abloh's signature "DO NOT DROP" tape.

From Friday (Nov. 2) to Nov. 20, those in the Chicago area can stop by a bus stop and find them decked out with Abloh's design. Bus shelters wrapped with Abloh's signature design include the Art Institute of Chicago with two additional placements in the Chicago neighborhoods of Printer's Row and near Greektown. Abloh previously announced the limited-release of the brand's first-ever liquor brand collaboration in September.

The free tape dispensaries will be available from 9AM-5PM today. Abloh previously spoke with Harper's Bazar about the idea behind the design. In addition to staying true to Moët's timeless legacy, the designer wanted to make the design as treasurable as possible.

"I was inspired by the idea of what champagne means. How it can be symbolic of an achievement, a celebration, it has a sort of upper-echelon emotion attached to it," he explained. "So the design I applied to it, as a figure of speech in a way, in my voice, using Helvetica and quotes, to say... treasure the moment, "do not drop," it's fragile. That was a way to, in contemporary speak, merge these two ideas together."

The 750ml “ready-to-wear” design can be purchased for $60 at retailers nationwide, as well as online at Clos19.com. The 38-year old happily celebrated the new partnership last month at New York City’s New Museum.

Check out the sleek design below.

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