These 8 black women helped break barriers and spark change in the beauty industry for future and current generations.
By Jihan Forbes, Allure
Black women are consistently setting beauty trends. From cornrows to Bantu Knots, black women's aesthetics continue to inform designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, and other tastemakers – even if they don't get credit for it (see: Kim Kardashian's cornrows being rebranded as "boxer braids").
[post_ads]In spite of black women's trendsetting tendencies, it's been very difficult for them to break into the mainstream, thanks to society's historic and institutionalized racism as well as systemic suppression. But fortunately, there have been black women who were able to knock down those walls, and help move us forward into a world that finally accepts and acknowledges their contributions to culture, as well as their stunning, unique beauty.
From Madame C.J. Walker, who became one of the first black female self-made millionaires thanks to her hair care line aimed at black women, to Maria Borges, who in 2015 made waves on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show runway rocking a kinky, cropped TWA (teeny-weeny afro); black women have fearlessly fought and overcome the limitations placed on them by society with grace, excellence, and a whole lot of eyes watching them. And they've also provided lots of iconic cultural moments in the process.
Be it in film, modeling, business, or on the Miss America stage, black women have had to create their own spaces in order to redefine society's ideas of what is beautiful.
Above, check out our video highlighting eight black women whose talents, intelligence, and innovation have allowed them to change the beauty game and break down major barriers while doing so.
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