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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.

Continue clicking to see 20 major minorities you should know in fashion.

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Pat McGrath

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.
Andre Leon Talley

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.
Bethann Hardison

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.

June Ambrose

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?
Shiona

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. 
Carly Cushnie

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.
Nnadi

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.
Rajni

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.
Sir John

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.

Tamu

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.
Chrissy Rutherford

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".
Joe Zee

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.
Edward Enninful

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.

Eva Chen

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.

FatimaB

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.

Jason Remberte

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.

Celia

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!

SusieBubble

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.
Mariel Haenn

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.

BryanBoy

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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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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Volkswagen's Atlas Cross Sport Brings Adventure Back To Modern Road Trips

Crucial elements conjure a memorable road trip. For one, a definitive no-shuffle playlist has to hit all the right grooves. Breathtaking sights are a must and importantly, you need a reliable ride to bring it all together.

Before the coronavirus pandemic led to Canada’s closure of the border for non-citizens, VIBE took a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, where we tested out Volkswagen’s Atlas Cross Sport along winding roads, rain and snow. Hailed as the “boldest SUV in the Volkswagen stable,” the vehicle is worth the hype as its upgrade puts a spin on the modern SUV with its sleek design, three rows of comfortable seating for the crew (or your groceries) and amazing speakers.

Fender Premium Audio is also provided on the SEL Premium trim. Their dedication to sound is thanks in part to the collaboration with Fender and Panasonic. With 12 speakers in total, the 480-watt 12-channel amplifier brings the sound to an arena-like level so when you need Siri, she’ll hear you loud and clear. Woofers are in each door with two wide-frequency speakers and a subwoofer in the rear.

“Pairing high design with the distinctive driving dynamics and value the brand is known for, the Atlas Cross Sport allows you to show up without showing off,” Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America said in a press release. With a $30,425 starting price, consumers can get the best of both worlds in terms of style and substance. An all-wheel-drive SEL Premium R-Line is also under the $50,000 price tag.

But we know you have other questions. How was the ride? Did you meet Nardwuar? Do all Canadians have a sparkling patios accent like Drake?

Fortunately for you, we can answer two of those questions with confidence. While keeping a timestamp of the road trip, we enjoyed a few wild shenanigans, breathtaking views with the Atlas Cross Sport and plenty of songs you can add to your own road trip in the future.

Take a gander of our adventure below.

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5:55 am MST: I wake up ready for the day but there’s only one thing on my mind–how does Mountain Time work? The curiosity makes me hit the snooze button.

6:00 am PDT: Okay, I’m awake and as it turns out, we’re on Pacific Daylight Time. Welp.

6:45 am PDT: Okay, I’m actually awake.

8:30 am PDT: I befriended some other adventurous spirits last night and we agree to take the trip to Whistler together. Emma and Kai will split the driving and I will supply the tunes.

8:45 am PDT: We get a look at our ride and the midnight blue Atlas Cross Sport is a vision, even with the morning dew across its bumper. We’re going to call him Lil Atlas. We were informed of the ride’s Car-Net Remote Access technology, which is offered at no additional charge for a solid five years. VW’s Car-Net also comes with a solid GPS signal and cellular connectivity.

8:50 am PDT: After snapping a few pics with Lil Atlas, we’re officially en route! Our stops include Horseshoe Bay Park, Porteau Cove, Shannon Falls and lastly, the Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel for our winter activities. Myself, Kai and Emma are all scheduled for bobsledding. My mind is filled with Cool Runnings clips and the instant regret of not bringing a swagged out bobsledding outfit.

9:15 am: I’m reading the room and we seem to be typical millennials– meaning we have extraordinary music taste and a strong appreciation of all genres.

Now Playing: Major Lazer’s “Particular” featuring Jidenna, Nasty C, Ice Prince and Patoranking and Shakira and Maluma’s “Clandestino.”

9:20 am PDT: The sights between Vancouver are so quaint and refreshing. It’s commendable to see so many local shops being embraced by residents. Horseshoe Bay Park is just as calming, despite the heavy overcast.

Now Playing: A Kaytranada back-to-back session featuring his remix of Teedra Moses’ classic bop “Be Your Girl” and Bubba cut “10%” with Kali Uchis.

9:56 am PDT: The turn up to Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” is real...a bit too real.

10:08 am PDT: Kai’s super cool GoPro has fallen off the side of the car. Turns out this timestamp is a good idea as we used it to help backtrack our time on the highway. Yes, the GoPro fell off on the highway.

10:14 am PDT: As Emma turns Lil Atlas around, Kai and I scale the roads for the GoPro. Luckily for us, we were on the shoulder which means it fell on the side of the highway not the middle of it.

Now Playing: Silk City’s “Electricity” featuring Dua Lipa

I’m not sure if the melodic vocals are hurting or helping our search.

10:19 am: It helps, we found the GoPro!

10:28 am PDT: We’re feeling relieved and relaxed. Maybe it’s the heated seats or the notion that we didn’t lose a pricey gadget.

Now Playing: Beyoncé’s “Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar and Jorja Smith’s “On My Mind” with Preditah

10:40 am PDT: Pulling up to Porteau Cove looks like every mountain graphic tee I’ve ever seen, minus the wolf. With so much interior space, we’re able to pick up another media pal and take a few pics with Lil Atlas.

11:30 am PDT: After stocking up on some road trip essentials like wet wipes, vitamins and coffee (tea for me), we’re off to Shannon Falls.

11:45 am PDT: We arrive at Shannon Falls but we’re craving one more adventure before our bobsledding appointments.

12:04 pm PDT: Going off route was a great idea as we uncovered a forest dripping with moss and fresh air. As we get some shots of Lil Atlas, I feel inclined to hug a tree.

12:46 pm PDT: We’re back on the road and I miss an opportunity to play Gucci Mane and Drake’s “Back On Road.”

I. Had. One. Job.

12:50 pm PDT: There’s still some Drake love.

Now Playing: Drake and Future’s “Life Is Good,” Pop Smoke’s “Welcome To The Party”

1:00 pm PDT: We’re just a few minutes away from the Summit Lodge when we learn the tale of Hut Man. According to legend, there’s a man who has lived in a hut in Whistler and takes trips across town on foot. This is rather interesting but also a bummer as the roads get foggy by the minute.

1:04 pm PDT: As we ride up to Summit Lodge, we have an opportunity to take a trip back in time. I decided to take us to the early 2010s when everyone had EDM fever (including us) and a fascination with ombre hair.

Now Playing: “Clarity,” by Zedd, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding’s “I Need Your Love,” Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child,” Krewella’s “Alive,” “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais, and Major Lazer’s “Lean On” featuring MO and DJ Snake are in heavy rotation.

1:25 pm PDT: We depart from our good friend Lil Atlas. It was a long ride but we’re ready to chow down, specifically Kai.

 

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Breakfast of Champions here in Vancouver @olympics city🏅 fueling up before sliding down the bobsled with @teamcanada & @vw on the world’s fastest ice track! ❄️🇨🇦 #whistler #winterolympics #KaiEatsBC 📷 @desire_renee

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3:02 pm PDT: We en route to Whistler’s Sliding Center, the world’s fastest track. Whistler played host for the 2010 Winter Games which means I’m 10% more athletic.

 

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3:18 pm PDT: We get a quick lesson in bobsledding and we’re learning the basics.

Get big in the sled (hold on to the ropes and broaden your shoulders) Keep head low Keep head low

It’s about to go down...the slide that is.

4:15 pm PDT: There’s no bobbing around on the sleds. We sign on our permission forms and we’re ready to go. With my amethyst close, “Mortal” plays on a loop in my mind.

4:46 pm PDT: The slide was less than 50 seconds but was thrilling as I felt gravity keeping my butt to the sled. If I could compare it to anything, it would be Coney Island’s Cyclone roller coaster. I know I’m going to feel this in the morning.

While a very long day, Lil Atlas kept our minds at ease and the sound system kept our spirits high. Cheers to Lil Atlas and the chance of doing this again in the future.

Learn more about Volkswagen’s 2020 Atlas Cross Sport here.

Listen to the playlist below.

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Snoh Aalegra performs onstage during the 4th Annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 23, 2018 in New York City.
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Snoh Aalegra Scores First No. 1 Single With "I Want You Around"

The serenading sounds of Snoh Aalegra have won over R&B fans as the singer-songwriter officially scored her first No. 1 single on the Billboard charts.

On Tuesday (March 10), Snoh's single "I Want You Around" reached the top spot of the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart after 41 weeks. The Iranian-Swedish singer released her second album Ugh, Those Feels Again in August 2019, under No I.D.’s ARTium Recordings.

In addition to her Billboard feat, Snoh enjoyed a brief stint at No. 1 on the Urban Adult Contemporary radio chart according to MediaBase. Her track glided over recent mainstays like Khalid's "Talk," Wale and Jeremih's "On Chill" and the megahit that is Chris Brown's "No Guidance" with Drake.

The rise in her single could be attributed to her recent performance on NPR's Tiny Desk series where she performed her second single "Woah" and the album's fan favorites like "Love Like That."

Snoh also raised a toast with Roc Nation as they welcomed her to their team. The singer's "Ugh, a tour again" has nearly sold out as it officially kicks off March 18 in Vancouver before reaching New York, Portland and Los Angeles.

Congratulations to @snohaalegra on your #1 at Urban AC Radio and welcome to the Roc Nation family! pic.twitter.com/Z5iDe8m6Zp

— Roc Nation (@RocNation) March 9, 2020

Watch the soothing video to "I Want You Around" below.

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