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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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Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

In a new interview with Essence, actress Vivica A. Fox discussed how she initially turned down her role in Two Can Play That Game based on the script. The established entertainer said it's her mission to ensure that black people are positively portrayed onscreen, and noticed the aforementioned film's prose didn't live up to those standards.

"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Being Mary Jane premiere, screening, and party on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
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BET To Unveil Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

As Being Mary Jane comes to an end, BET is willing to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the series finale.

The network has enlisted the help of Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and cookbook author, to create an edible billboard that also doubles as a wedding cake. The sweet treat will commemorate Mary Jane's (played by Gabrielle Union) nuptials in the two-hour series finale.

On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

All fans have to do is pull a box from the billboard, snap a picture for the 'Gram, take a bite and enjoy. Although lovers of the show won't be able to celebrate with Mary Jane herself, biting into a slice of her wedding cake, for free, is the next best thing.

Don't forget to tune into the series finale of Being Mary Jane on Tues. (April 23) at 8/7 c.

Also, check out what's to come on the series of Being Mary Jane below.

Save the date! 👰🏾It'll be worth the wait. Join us for the series finale of #BeingMaryJane TUES APR 23 8/7c only on @BET! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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Ella Mai On The North Face's 'Explore Mode' Campaign, New Music And Living In The Moment

Ella Mai is in her own age of exploration. Her eponymous debut album scored her a platinum plaque with her breakout hit, "Boo'd Up" earning her a Grammy for Best R&B Song. But the accolades aren't driving her creative path. The arc in her compass is all about the places she's traveled, the people she's met and the lessons learned along the way.

"To be honest, personally, exploration is like growth. I feel like if you don't explore new things, whether it's going outside, meeting people or trying new food, you won't ever grow because you're just stuck in your little comfort zone which can be super scary to come out of," she tells VIBE at The North Face's Explore Mode event in New York on Monday (April 15). The singer is one of three women (including model-activist Gabrielle Richardson and chef Angela Dimayuga) who teamed up with the brand to share a message of enjoying the outside world without digital confinement and the global initiative to make Earth Day a national holiday.

The London native's urge to explore came in handy over the weekend when she performed in the brisk desert of Coachella. Inspired by artists like Rihanna and Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mai helped fans enjoy the hazy sunset as she performed hits like "Trip" and her latest No. 1 song, "Shot Clock."

"It's such a good feeling, especially when it comes to radio," she shared about her track reaching No. 1 on the airplay chart. "I wasn't even sure if people listened to the radio because people have so much access to streaming platforms, but obviously having all three of my singles from my debut album, go number one on urban radio is incredible."

That energy was brought to the Coachella stage with the festival being her biggest artistic exploration so far.

"My favorite part of the performance would have to be when I performed "Naked" and because it was dark, and I performed when the sun went down, I couldn't see how far the crowd actually went back. But during "Naked," it was such an intimate moment I asked everyone to put their lights up (phones) and when I saw how far it went back I was like, "Woah." That moment sealed it for me."

"Even there were two people in the audience, I still would've done my best," she added. "But just to see the crowd be so engaged, even if they didn't know the music, was a really good feeling. I had so much fun."

As the festival energy in Indio, Calif. continued to thrive, another rested on the streets of Los Angeles following the loss of Nipsey Hussle. With the singer having ties to those close to the rapper like DJ Mustard, she says the shift in the city was hard to ignore.

"As weird as it sounds, you felt it," she said. "Even in the weather, it was super hot and then everyone got the news and it started raining. Just a weird energy shift." As a new L.A. resident, the singer says Nipsey's influence cannot be denied.

"I feel like the energy shift went both ways; everyone was really sad, grieving and mourning but everyone feels more inspired by what he was doing that they want to go out and do something and change in their community. It's still a very touchy subject in L.A., especially the people that I'm around since they were very close to him. I think everyone is super inspired to do better and try to be more like him, which is great to see. YG's whole set at Coachella was dedicated to him, I know Khalid had a dedication to Mac Miller. Everyone is super aware of what Nipsey was trying to do and how he wanted to change the world."

Engaging in The North Face's mission to explore seemed to be in the cards for Mai. Like many of us, Mai was familiar with the brand's effective coolness factor. "I remember running home and telling my mom that I needed a Jester Backpack because my cousin had one as well, and it's similar to the other stories, I wanted to be like my older cousin (laughs) so my mom ended up getting me one." But there's also the incentive to showcase the importance of stepping away from the phone screens and into leafy green forests.

"I'm such a live-in-the-moment person," she says of her lack of identity on social media. While she might share a thought or two on social media, Mai is interested in appreciating the world around her. "I feel like everyone is so consumed about documenting the day, you don't really get to live the day. You just watch it back but I like to have the memories in my head. Of course, sometimes, I'll take out my phone but I try to live in the moment as much as possible."

Part of that mission is ensuring Earth Day is celebrated the right way. With the support of Mai, Richardson, and Dimayuga, The North Face officially launched a petition to make Earth Day a national holiday.

“The North Face is no stranger to exploration and this Earth Day we are proud to join our partners and fellow explorers in a global effort to make Earth Day a national holiday,” said Global General Manager of Lifestyle at The North Face, Tim Bantle. “We believe that when people take time to appreciate the Earth, they feel more connected to it and are more likely to protect it. Explore Mode urges us to unplug from our digital lives to connect in real life to the world, each other, and ourselves in the effort to move the world forward.”

Mai hasn't hit her all of her exploration goals just yet. "I really want to go to Indonesia or Bali," she said. "That's one of my Bucket List places I really, really, really wanna go." For her essentials, the singer knows she has to bring along a windbreaker set and of course, a jester backpack. "I think the backpack is the most important thing."

In addition to a few trips around the globe, one destination includes the studio for new music. While she hasn't had time to lock down a moment to record, the inspiration is sizzling.

"When I work in the studio, I like to be like there for a good amount of time," she explains. "I like to block off two to three weeks at a time, I don't like to go to different studios and different places, it's just a comfort thing but I'm very excited to get back cause I have a lot of talk about. I've seen so many different places and met so many new people and a lot that I didn't get to experience last year."

Learn more about The North Face's petition for Earth Day here.

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