Black women are changing the face of beauty constantly. It is so refreshing to constantly see bad ass black girls revolutionising the industry. The list below has compiled some of the most influential black women killing it in the industry, including bloggers, models and of course I couldn’t forget Rihanna.
If you haven’t heard of or seen Winnie Harlow then where have you been? Winnie is a Canadian model who’s career sprung from her appearance on America’s Next Top Model. Now she’s worked for Diesel, Desigual and modelled for Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Her unique look due to her Vitiligo skin condition has drawn lots of attention. Winnie was bullied throughout her school career but an Instagram post of hers tells viewers to ‘celebrate their unique beauty’. She even has a cameo in Drake’s ‘Signs’, so I think she’s laughing now.
Grace Victory is a plus size YouTuber, blogger, author, TV presenter. Her Youtube videos are so incredibly honest and allow viewers to know that it’s okay not to be okay. She addresses more taboo topics such as sex and mental health, it’s not just all about lipsticks and what she bought on ASOS this week (although we love that too). Her Instagram is full of images celebrating her curves and showing a body type that we still rarely see in a completely raw way.
Alongside Zoella and Huda Beauty founder Huda Kattan, Patricia Bright is a new cover star for Glamour’s beauty book. This isn’t the only thing she has going for her though. With over 2.2 million subscribers on YouTube, the 31 year old girl boss is doing much more than reviewing products to a camera. She’s currently starting a business to help other budding bloggers as well as developing her own lipstick with MAC Cosmetics – what a dream. As a mum, wife and business woman she’s truly inspirational and is definitely one to watch in coming years.
Pat McGrath is a world renowned makeup artist, responsible for many looks we see on the runway every fashion week. Her makeup line, Pat McGrath Labs took the US by storm and is also available here in the UK. It could be argued that all beauty trends we see are started by McGrath. Vogue itself has labelled Pat as the most influential makeup artist in the world.
Of course this list would not be complete without the ultimate cool girl, Rihanna. As a singer, actress, fashion icon and creator of a beauty empire there is nothing this girl can’t do. I don’t think anyone has stopped talking about Fenty since it’s release date and for good reason. The shade diversity is unmatched and the products are of the high quality we often struggle to find in beauty companies that have been around for decades. Rihanna never ceases to amaze us and nothing is more exciting than seeing what she has in store next.
Clearly black women are making some serious waves in the beauty industry. It is exciting to watch the revolution of beauty take place and anticipate what the next step is for black women in taking over the beauty world.