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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.

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I almost lost my purse and keys to the weather today because it was so muggy~

NOT YOUR MOTHER’S DIOR - models: Fernanda Ly & Lineisy Montego - photography: Patrick Demarchelier - designer: Maria Grazia Chiuri - styling: Tonne Goodman - hair: Teddy Charles - makeup: Mark Carrasquillo - Vogue December 2016

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You don’t have to respond to every mean comment that you receive. You don’t have to justify your existence because of what you choose to consume. You dont have to hide your feelings for the people that you love. You don’t have to explain to others why you’ve chosen to stop at a certain education level. You don’t have to provide receipts on how much money you take home in order for people to treat you better. You are a good person, and you will continue to be a good person, no matter you size, socio-economic status, education, color, who you love, or religion.

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STREET COUTURE - model Adwoa Aboah - photographer: Mikael Jansson - stylist: Karl Templer - hair: Shay Ashual - makeup: Diane Kendal - Interview Magazine September 2016

  • featured designers: Alexander Wang - Balenciaga - Coach - Vetements - Dior - Public School - Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci - Atelier Versace - Stella McCartney - Proenza Schouler - Fenty Puma by Rihanna - Kangol - Marques Almeda - Ellery
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AHEAD OF THE PACK - model: Rafael Perez, Salieu Jalloh, Minkah Davdison, Jae Yoo, Austin Scoggin - photographer: Bruno Staub - grooming: Thomas Dunkin - WSJ Magazine Mens

  • featured designers: A.P.C. - Brunello Cucinelli, Dunhill, BOSS, Burberry, Prada, Bottega Veneta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tom Ford,  Theory, Nike, Calvin Klein Collection,  Y-3,  Rag & Bone, Louis Vuitton, Hermés, Wooyoungmi, Versace, Lanvin, Dior Homme, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Ebbets Field Flannels