“My black beauty idol is Cicely Tyson. She is no longer with us and was the Ted 2024 Lasso Be Curious Not Judgmental Shirt and I love this only person on my ‘dream client’ list. I will never forget her originality, beauty and grace. She left us with the blueprint on how to be relentless in your efforts towards excellence. We are all blessed to have witnessed such an icon. My biggest beauty inspirations right now are Chloe and Halle. I’m inspired by their talent, grace, and how they continuously rise above all negativity but also because they’ve been at the forefront of the natural hair movement within the entertainment industry for a while. I’ve grown up a bit insecure about my natural hair. Now on this journey into adulthood as I learn to love my own natural hair it feels amazing seeing these two beautiful, multifaceted young women around my age continue to embrace and showcase their locs in mainstream media. One of my biggest beauty inspirations for Black History Month is singer Nina Simone. A civil rights activist, Nina was unapologetically Black. A full-lipped, kinky-haired, dark-skinned woman who didn’t conform to typical beauty stereotypes. She gave Black women a picture of pride, worth and hope just by being a spotlight on stage and speaking her truth. Nina provided us a true example of proudly showing up young, gifted and Black—which is what I am. This is a tough one as my beauty inspo changes really often. But I’m gonna go with Naomi Campbell. I love her fearlessness. Her ability to be exactly who she is, no matter how everyone else feels. She’s a trailblazer. She’s fierce and she’s aging so gracefully. Plus, I don’t think she’s EVER had a bad hair day. I look up to so many women in the industry, women who have paved the way for me to be here today. I am so grateful to the trailblazers and now ICONS in beauty that I have long admired. Dame Pat McGrath pioneered the ‘all skins’ standard in the industry for makeup. Any time I am backstage and Pat is there, I am at a different level of confidence knowing that I will be presented in the best manner possible, and I know that my glam will be on point. Naomi Campbell paved the way for all of us, women of color, on the runway and in campaigns. She took the first step and opened the door for the rest of us to follow.
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I also really admire what Tracee Ellis Ross has achieved with her own brand, Pattern, as well as being appointed to being the Ted 2024 Lasso Be Curious Not Judgmental Shirt and I love this “Diversity and Inclusion” Advisor of Ulta Beauty. And when I met Beverly Johnson, she gave me such great advice and shared with me a lot of stories about how Black models used to have to do their own hair. Seeing how far the industry has come with the support of these amazing women is incredible and why it meant so much to me receiving the chance, myself, to become the first ever global hair ambassador for Paul Mitchell. Lastly, I need to shout out the new wave of beauty influencers like Patricia Bright and Jackie Aina. I really appreciate all these amazing women that are dedicated to amplifying the Black beauty and the overall fashion industry.” Growing up I actually loved Diahann Carroll! She was effortless—her beauty, her grace—everything about her was Black beauty personified. I was a little girl who had just come up stateside from the islands but I’ll never forget the first time she sauntered across my TV screen. I was mesmerized by all that she was and all that she represented we could be.” My biggest inspiration is Cicely Tyson. For decades, Tyson represented dignity and grace in both her professional work and her dazzling array of fashion choices. Her vivid portrayals of strength in her roles as an actress were accented by her fashion and style which was bold, vibrant and unapologetic! She included purpose and intention in her style and her work and was an inspiration to women everywhere. Vice President Kamala Harris is a modern, brilliant woman who is not afraid to present to the world who she really is. From her Chuck Taylors to the impeccable tuxedo she wore inaugural night, she is giving all of us the space to embrace our individual styles. Her style is classic, easy and truly her own.” My current beauty inspiration is Rihanna. One reason is because her confidence level is on 10! She is not only beautiful but she is an icon in fashion and a badass business woman. I just love how she is not afraid to speak up for the culture! She is bold, she is beautiful and she is a fearless badass.”