19 Black women you need to know about who broke boundaries and made beauty history

1. Madam C.J. Walker

Hair loss sparked Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove) to develop a line of hair-care products just for African-American women in the early 1900s — and her entrepreneurial efforts led her to become one of the first female self-made millionaires in America.

2. Naomi Sims

After appearing on the November cover of Ladies’ Home Journal the year before, Sims made headlines when she graced the cover of LIFE magazine in 1969 — the first Black model to do so.

3. Beverly Johnson

American Vogue made history with its August 1974 cover featuring
Beverly Johnson, who was the first Black woman to hold the honor. Johnson told NPR of the moment: “I realized that this was a huge responsibility that was placed on my shoulders as a way of really breaking the color barrier in the fashion industry.”

4. Tracey Norman

Tracey “Africa” Norman was the first Black transgender model to land a major cosmetics campaign. In the mid-1970s, she snagged a contract with hair color brand Clairol. Norman didn’t disclose that she was transgender at the time out of fear it might damage her career.

5. Lisa Price

In 1993, Lisa Price began developing hair and skin products out of her Brooklyn kitchen alongside her mother Carol. The now wildly popular brand, Carol’s Daughter, caters especially to women with natural, curly textures.



Hold onto this: here’s a one-sheet for numbers you can call to make a difference and keep yourself safe

Here are those links again:

-Financial help for trans* people who need gender-appropriate documents: transrelief.com
-Volunteer as a Planned Parenthood escort: https://goo.gl/X2gUZd
-Attend training program for women who wish to run for office: https://goo.gl/xAXszs
-Get help paying for an abortion: abortionfunds.org
-Check local state rules about audio recording police: https://goo.gl/JBmmvB
-Download the ACLU Mobile Justice app: https://goo.gl/n0jpzb
-Monitor police stop and frisk in NYC: https://goo.gl/k1gCP

Read more about how to call your congressional representative here.



Characters were counted by hand based on UESP quest writeups. Characters were only counted if they were questgivers or involved in multiple quests. Only characters from the main quest or faction questlines were counted. Any expansions or DLCs have not been included.

Due to the incomplete documentation for ESO quests, that game probably has more margin of error than others, though it should be balanced out due to how many NPCs were counted overall. I realize that this is an imperfect process, especially considering the very different ways that each game handles quests. I think the overall patterns hold, though, even if the percentages might be off a few points were someone to repeat the process.

You’ll also notice that Morrowind, Oblivion, and ESO have two main quest graphs. The latter is for including characters who are also encountered in the other parts of the game. For Morrowind this is questlines where you must speak to all the house leaders to become Hortator, in Oblivion it is the Aid for Bruma questline where you must speak to the counts/countesses to gain their support, and in ESO this is the Weight of Three Crowns quest where the faction leaders convene on Stirk. Daggerfall, meanwhile, randomizes most of its quest, and the overall graph counts the main quest and nobles quests.

Sample sizes are as follows: Daggerfall (23 total, 10 main quest), Morrowind (82 total, 16 main quest, 34 with hortator), Oblivion (36 total, 9 main quest, 15 with Bruma allies), Skyrim (59, 11 main quest), ESO (278 total, 6 main quest, 10 with Stirk).

Conclusions and interpretations under the cut.

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These are the 21 women making history by serving in the US Senate

Contrary to popular opinion, thanks to a number of important victories this November there will be a record 21 female senators serving in the upper house in 2017. And that’s not the only way women are making history in the U.S. Capitol. The incoming Senate will also seat a record number of women of color.


Back To School Infographic Collection

I decided to make a collection of infographics that are related to school & making your school life easier, I hope it helps!

How to get enough sleep

Coping with stress

An overview of mental illness

Psychological Life Hacks

For your crush <3

School grades don’t define your intelligence

We need to talk about mental health.

How to improve your memory

Foods for brain power

The effects of caffeine


It’s not just insecurity. Society’s biases against plus size* people affect every. single. part. of their lives. We have the receipts

Refinery29 has launched a new major initiative – the 67% Project – to fully represent plus size women who have been ignored by the media too long. Women over size 14 are 67% of the country and 2% of the images you see. Share this to bring more attention to the *REAL* severity of the problem.