20 Major Minorities In Fashion You Need To Know

There's no denying that fashion has a blind spot when it comes to brown consumers. In the cut-throat world of clothing—where ice queen Anna Wintour reigns supreme and the fairest of models saunter down stark, white runways—one has to ask... where is the diversity? Where are the leggy ladies who look like you and I? Certainly not crowding the catwalks. Fortunately, there are some minority gals and guys making great strides both on and off the runway.

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Who: Pat McGrath

What: International Makeup Artist, Creative Design Director of P&G Beauty.

Why: Known as the most influential makeup artist in the world by Vogue Magazine, McGrath's perfectly flawless touch has remained relevant and in-demand for decades.

Who:  Andre Leon Talley

What: International Editor-At-Large, Artistic Director at Zappos Couture, Previously editor-at-large at Vogue Magazine.

Why: Talley is the muva of all muvas. His influence on the youth through fashion dates back to the 80's, when he was Andy Warhol's assistant.

Who: Bethann Hardison

What: Former supermodel, Fashion Activist, Documentarian, Owner of Bethann Management

Why: Who better than Bethann Hardison to helm the call for diversity in the fashion world? With nearly five decades under her designer belt, she is relentless in revolting for a revolution regarding the representation of minorities in the industry.

Who: June Ambrose

What: Wardrobe Stylist, #RockMom

Why: The always upbeat and energetic Ambrose pioneered hip hop and rap's flavor in the 90's. Ever wonder who thought of those brilliant shiny suits Mase and Diddy wore? Or how about Missy Elliott's infamous garbage bag onesie? Yep, all Ambrose. What's not to love about this woman?

Who: Shiona Turini

What: Fashion Market Director of Cosmopolitan, previously Fashion Market and Beauty Director of CR Fashion Book

Why: After spying the goods in her closet on The Coveteur, we understand why we should know Shiona—the girl has got style. But aside from the masses of archival goods she possess, Turini's resume is beyond impressive: PR department of Tom Ford-era Yves Saint Laurent, Market Editor at W, Accessories Director at Teen Vogue, and the list goes on. 

Who: Carly Cushnie

What: 1/2 of the dynamic designing duo of Cushnie Et Ochs

Why: We were first introduced to Carly by her beautiful mane of kinky and coily blonde curls. (Of course, a designer could have such an enviable, progressive haircut that inspires others.) Fresh out of Parsons in 2009, she launched Cushnie et Ochs with partner Michelle Ochs, and have become a designing duo dynamo, blessing women all over the world for their minimalistic yet sexy aesthetic.

Who: Chioma Nnadi

What: Fashion News Director/Writer for Vogue Magazine

Why: A true wordsmith, Nnadi's pen is equipped with as much personality has her chic yet tomboy tough style boasts of.

Who: Rajni Jacques

What: Fashion Features/News Editor at Glamour Magazine

Why: After style stalking her Instagram page scoping out her every move during various Fashion Week via street style blogs, there's nothing left to say—Rajni Jacques is one of our favorite fashion freaks—and not to mention, Vibe fashion alum.

WhoSir John B.

What: Celebrity & Editorial Makeup Artist, Contributor for Vogue Italia

Why: Sir John B. definitely puts the "B" in beat. Anyone who says otherwise deserves a beat down. Most recently, John has been perfecting our favorite, King Bey.

Who: Tamu McPherson

What: Blogger, Photographer, Contributing Style Editor at Lucky Magazine, Director of Style and Digital Content at Out There Creative Agency

Why: Transitioning from law to the nontraditional realm of fashion was quite easy for the Milan-based photographer. She's gone from behind the lens to the sartorial muse of street style photographers and fashion lovers everywhere.

Who: Chrissy Rutherford

What: Digital Editor at Harper's Bazaar

Why: We love an independent, hardworking gal and Ms. Rutherford is just that. Working her way, literally, from the bottom to the top of the ranks of Harper's Bazaar where she started off as an intern, she is the epitome of the mantra, "hard work  pays off". Or in the words of Drake, "started from the bottom now we here".

Who: Joe Zee

What: Creative Director of Elle Magazine, Fashion Stylist, Host of Sundance Channel's Revealing and All On The Line With Joe Zee

Why: The self-proclaimed fashion loudmouth is a fan favorite. He's a true leader in the digital reformation of fashion using platforms such as TV, blogs, v-logs, and social media to influence the masses.

Who: Edward Enninful

What: W Magazine Fashion & Style Director, Fashion Stylist

Why: Enninful was born into fashion and baptized into its holy and chaotic presence at a young age. By 18 he was i-D Magazine's fashion director, making him the youngest ever in history to hold such a high stature position at an international publication. Since then, Enninful has gone on to conquer Italian Vogue, American Vogue, and numerous campaign and runway shows. If there was a fashion god, Edward would totally be it.

Who: Eva Chen

WhatLucky Magazine's editor-in-chief, Former special projects/digital development at Teen Vogue Magazine

Why: Chen is a true gal's gal's - she's got a sick fetish for shoes and handbags - the perfect combination, we can definitely attest to that just look at her Instagram. She's only been in her position at Lucky for almost a year, but is making a name for herself as she's revamped the magazine into haven for technologically savvy fashionsta's.

WhoFatima B

What: Wardrobe Stylist

Why: The blonde bombshell's swagger is a ten, but Fatima's humble demeanor sets her apart from the rest. The native New Yorker is the genius behind a handful of hip hop 's chart topping contenders.

Who: Jason Rembert

What: Wardrobe Stylist

Why: They call Rembert the celebrity image maker, we absolutely agree. At 26 years young his portfolio boasts of outstanding red carpet looks, trendsetting magazine covers, and enthralling editorials.

Who: Celia Smith

What: Founder of needle + thraed, ESSENCE.com Fashion Editor

Why: From her enviable mane to her unique style its no wonder why Essence would appoint Smith as their go to girl when it comes to fashion. We'd steal her style any day!

Who: Susie Bubble

What: Blogger, Fashion Journalist, Former commissioning editor at DazedDigital.com

Why: There's only a certain aura of joy one can portray fashion-wise and Bubble does it well. Her soft, sweet, and feminine style is internationally recognized and applauded by fashion-minded individuals.

WhoMariel Haenn

What: Fashion Stylist & Costume Designer

Why: Ranked # 15 of the 25 most powerful stylist by The Hollywood Reporter, Haenn and her creative partner Rob Zangardi  are responsible for some of the most coveted celebrity styles.

Who: Bryan Boy

What: Fashion Blogger, Former web developer

Why: Filipino fashion blogger, Bryan Boy, began blogging just as a travel diary but who can resist a quick OOTD (outfit of the day) selfie? He's more than just pictures though, the blogger's entertaining commentary keeps people interested as Women’s Wear Daily reported in November 2011 that BryanBoy.com averages 1.4 million page views per month. Things haven't changed much since then. You can still see Boy canoodling front row at Fashion Week with Anna Wintour or tweeting Stefano Gabbana. To put it simply, he's everything darling.

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Aaliyah during TNT Presents - A Gift of Song - New York - January 1, 1997 in New York City, New York, United States.
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Fans Rally For Aaliyah's Discography To Be Released On Streaming Platforms

As another day passes without Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms, fans are looking for answers.

Over the weekend, the hashtag #FreeAaliyahMusic appeared on Twitter in light of song battles between Swizz Beats vs. Timbaland and Ne-Yo vs. Johnta Austin. The latter opponents played their collaborations with the late singer, proving Baby Girl's dynamic relevancy in the age of modern R&B. As songs like "I Don't Wanna" and "Come Over" picked up plays on YouTube, the hashtag pointed out the tragedy of her songs not existing on platforms like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.

Aaliyah's only album on multiple platforms is her 1994 debut, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number. Other albums like the platinum-selling One in A Million and Aaliyah are being held in a vault of sorts along with other unmixed vocals by her uncle and founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson.

Hankerson has built up a mysterious yet haunting aura over the years due to his refusal to release Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms. Reasons are unknown but Stephen Witt's 2016 investigation revealed business deals like the shift in distribution from  Jive Records to Atlantic helped Hankerson take ownership of the singer's masters. The deal was made in 1996 when Blackground featured artists like Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, then-production duo Timbaland and Magoo as well as Missy Elliott.

Sadly, Aaliyah's music isn't the only recordings lost in the shuffle. Recordings from Timbaland and Toni Braxton have been hidden from the world with both taking legal action against the label over the years. There's also JoJo, who had to break from the label after they refused to release her third album. The singer recently re-recorded her first two albums.

With Aaliyah's music getting the attention it deserves, Johnta Austin discussed the singer's impact on R&B today. "It was amazing, she was incredible from top to bottom," he told OkayPlayer of working with the singer on "Come Over" and "I Don't Wanna." "I don't think Aaliyah gets the vocal credit that she deserves. When she was on it, she had the riffs, she had everything."

Earlier this year, an account impersonating Hankerson claimed her music would arrive on streaming platforms January 16, on what would've been her 41st birthday. A docuseries called the Aaliyah Diaries was also promoted for a release on Netflix.

Of course, it was far from the truth. Fans can enjoy selected videos and songs on YouTube, but it's clear they want more.

 

Aaliyah’s music is the landmark for a lot of your favs not only was she ahead of her time with her futuristic sounds she also was a fashion Icon dancer and phenomenal actress . The future generations need be exposed to her artistry and pay homage .#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/LxZfxcqRgF

— Black Clover (@la_alchemist) March 29, 2020

Her first #1 solely based on AirPlay! She was the first ! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/BHlANZjCGZ

— (@hodeciii) March 29, 2020

Makes no sense for someone still so influential to be hidden. Many try to emulate her. On Spotifys This is Aaliyah playlist, theres some great tracks not on her main Spotify #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/vLqLTVxqO9

— Blackity Black⁷ (@ClaudBuzzzz) March 29, 2020

Aaliyah is trending once again. She deserves endless flowers. This is true impact y’all. Her voice, her sound, her music...She’s been gone for 2 decades and y’all see the love for her is even stronger! We miss you baby girl! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/ALDcT0ZQxR

— A A L I Y A H (@forbbygrlaali) March 30, 2020

Aaliyah said she wanted to be remembered for her music and yet most of it is not on streaming services #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/zwk0AWMCoE

— RJR (@MyNewEssence96) March 29, 2020

aaliyah’s gems like more than a woman deserve to be in streaming sites #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/mM2GWEg1pe

— k (@grandexrocky) March 30, 2020

I saw #FreeAaliyahMusic and IMMEDIATELY jumped into action! I can’t express how betrayed I felt when we were supposed to have all her music on Spotify by her birthday. Her discography is deeply underestimated and we need to make it right for our babygirl!pic.twitter.com/GfxBeJxUY1

— jerrica✨ (@jerricaofficial) March 29, 2020

Before Megan The Stallion drove the boat...

Aaliyah rocked the boat...

#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/iXNwssD3sY

— Al’Bei (@_albei) March 29, 2020

i think we should have that conversation #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/cGl269tuTr

— AALIYAH LEGION (@AaliyahLegion) April 1, 2020

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Singers Adrienne Bailon (L) and Kiely Williams of the 'Cheetah Girls' pose for photos around Mercedes Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on October 18, 2007 in Culver City, California.
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Kiely Williams Explains Fallout With Adrienne Bailon Houghton And Alleged Fight With Raven-Symonè

Our current isolated way of life has given some plenty of time for reflection like Kiely Williams of the former girl group 3LW and The Cheetah Girls (ask your kids). The tales of both successful groups have been told time after time by fans in YouTube documentaries and members of each collective but Williams has decided to share her side of the story.

Williams hopped on Live Monday (March 30) where she discussed her former friendship with The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon Houghton and the infamous chicken throwing fight with actress/singer Naturi Naughton. The mother of one didn't pinpoint exactly why she fell out with Houghton but did point out how she wouldn't be interested in appearing on her talk show.

"I don't think Adrienne wants to have live TV with me," Williams said. "'Cause she's gon' have to say, 'Yes Kiely, I did pretend to be your best friend. Now, I am not.' You were either lying then or you're lying now. You either were my best friend and now you're just not claiming me or you were pretending [to be my best friend."

The two remained friends after Naughton was kicked out of 3LW, the platinum-selling group known for 2000s pop hits like "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" and "Playas Gon' Play." Williams and Houghton were eventually picked to be apart of The Cheetah Girls with then-Disney darling Raven-Symonè and dancer Sabrina Bryan.

Williams went on to discuss her fight with Naughton, which she denies had anything to do with her skin color. With her mother near, Williams claimed Naughton called her a b***h, leading to the fight. While she didn't clear up the chicken throwing, she stated how she was "going for her neck" and was holding food and her baby sister in the process.

Apologies aren't on the horizon either. “I don’t feel like I have anything to make amends for, especially as it relates to Adrienne,” Kiely said. “As far as Naturi goes, if there was ever a reason to apologize, all of that has kind of been overshadowed by the literal lies and really ugly stuff that she said about my mom and my sister. So, no. Not interested in that. I’m sorry.”

Moving onto The Cheetah Girls, Williams also denied claims she got into fights with Raven-Symonè on the set of The Cheetah Girls films and never outed her as a teen. The rumor about Symonè and Williams was reportedly started by Symonè's former co-star Orlando Brown.

Symonè has often shared positive memories about The Cheetah Girls and their reign but did imply during an episode of The View how co-star Lynn Whitfield kept her from losing her cool on set.

On a lighter note, Symonè, Houghton and Naughton have kept in contact with Naughton and Houghton putting their differences aside during an appearance on The Real. 

Symonè and Houghton also reunited at the Women's March in Los Angeles in January. During Bailon's performance at the event, the two briefly performed the Cheetah Girls' classic, "Together We Can."

Willaims also shared some stories about the making of the group's hits. Check out her Live below.

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Kelis Announces ‘Cooked With Cannabis’ Show Will Premiere On Netflix

Kelis is taking her chef talents to Netflix. The musician will host a food competition show titled Cooked With Cannabis that’ll premiere on the very-fitting April 20 (4/20). According to NME, the show will span six episodes and be co-hosted by chef Leather Storrs.

Describing the opportunity as a “dream come true” since she’s a major supporter of the streaming service, Kelis took to Instagram to share how cannabis and cooking is one of her many creative passions. “As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today’s society,” the mother-of-two writes. “In this country, many things have been used systemically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together.”

Each episode will place three chefs against each other as they craft three-course meals with cannabis as the central ingredient. Each episode’s winner takes home $10,000. Guests will play an integral role in who takes home the cash prize. Too $hort, and El-P are just a few of this season's guests.

 

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I'm really excited to announce my new show, Cooked with Cannabis on @Netflix!! Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love my Netflix, so this is a dream come true. Interestingly, this was one of those things that I didn't go looking for, it kind of came to me. As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today's society. In this country, many things have been used systematically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together. I hope you all will tune in, it's definitely going to be a good time! We launch on 4/20! XO, Kelis

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In a previous Lenny Letter profile, Kelis shared she comes from a line of culinary influences beginning with her mother who owned a catering service. In 2008, the “Milkshake” singer sought to refine her cooking skills by enrolling in the Le Cordon Bleu school. Receiving a certificate as a trained saucier, the New York native put her expertise to the test during pop-up restaurants in her native city, created a hot sauce line, and co-owns a sustainable farm in Quindio, Colombia.

“Food is revolutionary because it is the one and only international language. It’s the most human thing you can partake in,” she said in an interview with Bon Appetit. “We are the only species that cooks.”

This isn’t Kelis’ first foray into the reality-cooking television world. In 2014, she partnered with the Cooking Channel for Saucy and Sweet and published the "My Life on a Plate" cookbook a year later.

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