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Doing the Work: Gabrielle Union Talks Inclusion and the Insidious Influence of Colorism Doing the Work: Gabrielle Union Talks Inclusion and the Insidious Influence of Colorism

Essence Fest is the gift that keeps on giving; the annual celebration of black womanhood, which this year took place from July 5-8 in New Orleans with half a million in attendance, drops gem after gem—many we’re still processing long after the festivities have ended.

Bedtime Stories: How We Take It All Off

Fun fact: As I write this, I’m feeling the tingle of a rather large zit on my chin—the type I’d like to think I’ve long outgrown, given that I’m now in my 40s. But I know the culprit: a visit from my college roommate this week had us both behaving as if we were back in our late teens, and my skin is now scolding me…

#WCW: Danessa Myricks Is One Beautiful Boss

If we know anything about glow ups, it’s that they come in all shapes, colors, sizes, styles and times of life. But the power of a good glow up is that indescribable feeling like the universe is conspiring to deliver you to the next phase in perfect timing.

The Shrunken Place: Why I Can’t Laugh at This Viral Video The Shrunken Place: Why I Can’t Laugh at This Viral Video

I had been sent the link by multiple friends, who just knew it would be right up my “awww” alley. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a little girl telling her daddy, in the politest way possible, that he did not do her hair right. The clip has since gone full-on viral, as this mini queen uses all of the benign words in her…

Out of the 5 O’Clock Shadow: I Shave My Face, and There’s No Shame in That  Out of the 5 O’Clock Shadow: I Shave My Face, and There’s No Shame in That 

I’ve been shaving my face since my early 20s. Back then, I didn’t have health insurance, so when I noticed I was growing an actual beard, I just tried different razors and shaving creams—I even tried Nair and other types of hair removal. But the hair was always there.

School Daze and Drugstore Love: Get Beyoncé’s Coed-Inspired Coachella Look School Daze and Drugstore Love: Get Beyoncé’s Coed-Inspired Coachella Look

After two hours and 24 songs, the queen commonly known as Beyoncé still stepped offstage Saturday night looking as fresh as a member of an HBCU freshman class. How did she do it? While we’re tempted to believe she really does wakes up like that, her glowing, glittery-eyed makeup look was created by longtime makeup…

Want Beychella-Proof Brows? Giselle Soto’s Got the Secret to Great Arches Want Beychella-Proof Brows? Giselle Soto’s Got the Secret to Great Arches

It takes more than impeccable moves and timing to be ready to perform with Beyoncé “the Kang” Knowles-Carter. To prep for the megastar’s epic appearance at this year’s Coachella festival, several members of her dance team paid a visit to Los Angeles-based brow artist Giselle Soto of Giselle Soto Brows for some…

Watch: Feeling Insecure or Grown-ish? Go Behind the Scenes With Issa and Yara

Just when we thought we’d stopped swooning over the double fantasy of Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi simultaneously on Marie Claire covers, the magazine blessed us with a little behind-the-scenes confessional action, revealing some of the quirks, guilty pleasures and favorite things of two of the season’s freshest talents.

Fresh Faces: Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi Cover Marie Claire’s May Issue Fresh Faces: Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi Cover Marie Claire’s May Issue

Come through, Marie Claire! To coincide with the blooming of the season, Marie Claire magazine has chosen not one, but five fresh beauties to grace a series of May covers, including our forever faves Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi!

She Got That Glow: Olivier Award Winner Sheila Atim Is One to Watch (and Hear) She Got That Glow: Olivier Award Winner Sheila Atim Is One to Watch (and Hear)

Chances are, if you live outside the United Kingdom or aren’t a musical-theater buff, you haven’t heard of Sheila Atim yet. But the 26-year-old actress, singer and composer is making a major splash across the pond: On Sunday night she garnered the honor of Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical at the Olivier…

I Am Legend: Iman Talks Age and Diversity in April’s Harper’s Bazaar

If you pick up this month’s Harper’s Bazaar—the annual “Fabulous at Every Age” issue—you’ll see Jennifer Lopez on the cover, still stunning us with her beauty (and incredible body) at a flawless 48. But inside is a true revelation: Seemingly ageless icon Iman is featured in a multipage spread, interviewed by another…

Dance Break! Yara Shahidi Covers T Singapore Dance Break! Yara Shahidi Covers T Singapore

We know—we’re obsessed. And clearly, we’re already missing Grown-ish way too much, since we’re giving you a day full of Chloe, Halle and, now, a double dose of Yara. But we couldn’t possibly see our favorite ingenue on the April cover of the New York Times Style Magazine’s Singapore edition and not share it with…

Baby Girl ... Aaliyah for MAC Launches June 20! Baby Girl ... Aaliyah for MAC Launches June 20!

Here’s some news that’s hot like fire: There is an unexpected new release inspired by the “princess of R&B,” Aaliyah, coming this June.

‘The Body Is Not an Apology’: Sonya Renee Taylor Is Leading a Revolution of Radical Self-Love

With six words, Sonya Renee Taylor accidentally started a movement. When a friend with cerebral palsy confessed that her disability made it difficult to be sexual—so much so that she didn’t even feel entitled to ask a casual partner to use protection—Taylor quickly responded, “Your body is not an apology, and it’s not…

Inclusion Is Easier Than It Looks—Just Ask Revlon  

In 1992, our own Veronica Webb made history by becoming the first black model to land a major cosmetics contract. The brand? Revlon, which at the time was also launching ColorStyle (ColorStay’s predecessor), a line formulated for the then-neglected black consumer (I was one such consumer).

The Get List: Glamour Magazine Just Released Its 2018 Beauty Awards, and We’re Going Shopping! The Get List: Glamour Magazine Just Released Its 2018 Beauty Awards, and We’re Going Shopping!

As you know, we love a good beauty find here at The Glow Up, which is why we were seriously excited that Glamour magazine dropped its annual Beauty Awards list Monday. Aside from being one of the longest-running fashion magazines around (79 years and counting, to be exact), it’s also one of the more inclusive,…

Hello, Yellow! ’Tis the Season to Serve Some Sunshine! Hello, Yellow! ’Tis the Season to Serve Some Sunshine!

Last Christmas, to fight the winter blahs and celebrate our first successful month at The Glow Up, I indulged in a little “I love me” present. OK—given the price tag, it was a big “I love me” present, but I budget at cost-per-wear, so there’s that (that’s another post, for later).

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