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Miss America Pageant Decides to Stop Focusing on Appearance  Miss America Pageant Decides to Stop Focusing on Appearance 

Physical appearance will reportedly no longer be a determining factor for Miss America contestants: The pageant will no longer feature a swimsuit or evening gown competition, in hopes of being more inclusive of women of all sizes.

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Issa Rae: How the CFDA Awards Host Rocked a Flawless Red-Carpet Face Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Issa Rae: How the CFDA Awards Host Rocked a Flawless Red-Carpet Face

Call us obsessed, but we can never seem to get enough of Issa Rae’s seemingly endless array of stunning red-carpet looks. The star’s hosting gig at Monday night’s CFDA Awards provided yet another opportunity for us to gawk at her flawlessly executed face and fashion sense, which is now almost in another stratosphere…

Get That Glow: Danessa Myricks Teaches Us How to Get a Gorgeous Natural Glow Up

Finally, it seems that summer has some intention of appearing—and with it, the appearance of more skin. “Sundress season” is generally best accessorized with shimmering, sexy, sun-kissed skin, but since we know better than to spend too much time in the sun (melanin is no substitute for sunscreen, y’all), we decided to…

(Do) Touch My Hair? 2 White Brits Specialize in Celebrating the Artistic Potential of Black Hair (Do) Touch My Hair? 2 White Brits Specialize in Celebrating the Artistic Potential of Black Hair

A funny thing happened on our way to the royal wedding this weekend: We got waylaid by something else exciting on the other side of the pond. Namely, some of the most striking black-hair portraiture we’ve ever seen, courtesy of British photographer Luke Nugent and award-winning hairstylist Lisa Farrall.

Ahead of the Curve: Curvsi Wants You to Love Your Closet Ahead of the Curve: Curvsi Wants You to Love Your Closet

Fun fact: I’m a former eBay addict. Between my late 20s and early 30s, I was an avid shopper and seller on the auction site, scouring it daily for designer deals and vintage gems alike, and garnering a 100 percent rating and any number of useless pieces of clothing in the process. Another fun fact? For most of my…

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Is Making Fashion More Accessible

When you got dressed this morning, how much thought did you put into it? No, I don’t mean picking an outfit; I mean, how much thought and effort did you have to exert actually putting on your clothes? For 1 in 5 Americans living with a disability, getting dressed each day is just another challenge in a world that is…

Curl Hunting: Nai’vasha Johnson Is Young Hollywood’s Go-to Hairdresser  Curl Hunting: Nai’vasha Johnson Is Young Hollywood’s Go-to Hairdresser 

OK—did you die over Yara Shahidi’s hairstyle when she walked down the red carpet at this year’s SAG Awards? I died. Did you die over her “Weekend In Wakanda”-perfect bejeweled ’fro-cornrow extravaganza on Essence’s latest cover? I died. Hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson is the one slaying the trendsetting actress’s…

Bright Spot: A Natural Option to Combat Acne, Hyperpigmentation  Bright Spot: A Natural Option to Combat Acne, Hyperpigmentation 

There’s a new player in the game to fight fine lines and hyperpigmentation: bakuchiol, a plant found in the wilds of New Zealand. It’s the active ingredient in Ao Skincare, and promises to work like Retin-A to lighten dark spots and deal with hormonal changes, acne and sun exposure without causing photosensitivity or…

Dascha Polanco and Dove: Believing in Your Beauty Is Power Dascha Polanco and Dove: Believing in Your Beauty Is Power

You’d never know that Dascha Polanco, star of Netflix’s hit series Orange Is the New Black and, more recently, a recurring character in FX’s miniseries American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, almost didn’t become an actress because she lacked confidence in her body type. “Growing up,” she tells The…

Dr. Ruth Celestin Wants to Change the Perception of Plastic Surgery—One Augmentation at a Time Dr. Ruth Celestin Wants to Change the Perception of Plastic Surgery—One Augmentation at a Time

Dr. Ruth Celestin, a nationally recognized, award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon at Celestial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, located in Atlanta, didn’t always want to become a cosmetic surgeon. The Haitian-American, New Jersey-raised doctor had her eyes set on pediatrics and wanted to follow in the…

God Bless This #NoirTown Janelle Monáe Photo Shoot Directed by Jordan Peele God Bless This #NoirTown Janelle Monáe Photo Shoot Directed by Jordan Peele

What a time to be alive. Jordan Peele, who’s now a little less than two weeks away from hopefully clutching his first Oscar, was recently asked by W Magazine to direct a fashion shoot.

Nail It, Baby! Just Press, Go and Glow  Nail It, Baby! Just Press, Go and Glow 

It’s all about those nails! But even if you have the money for that weekly manicure, do you really have the time? Personally, I usually don’t have the time or the patience to get a set of fully tricked-out nails spangled with rhinestones, or buffed to perfection with a flat-carbon-paint job, like the European sports…

Getting Crafty: This Photographer Gives New Meaning to ‘Beauty on a Budget’ Getting Crafty: This Photographer Gives New Meaning to ‘Beauty on a Budget’

A good photographer is a visual alchemist, capable of creating beautiful images even in less-than-ideal circumstances. But a group of photographers are taking their craft to the next level with the #UglyLocationChallenge on Instagram, choosing unconventional locations to create surprisingly lovely imagery.

Becoming an Ebony Goddess: Why This African-American Woman Competed in an Afro-Brazilian Beauty Pageant Becoming an Ebony Goddess: Why This African-American Woman Competed in an Afro-Brazilian Beauty Pageant

Sheryland Neal wanted to be a Deusa do Ébano—an “Ebony Goddess,” in Portuguese.

On Reinvention and Remission: Chef Elle Simone Scott Is Paving the Way for Women of Color in the Culinary Industry On Reinvention and Remission: Chef Elle Simone Scott Is Paving the Way for Women of Color in the Culinary Industry

Detroit native chef Elle Simone Scott is one of the scintillating on-air talents and food stylists on America’s Test Kitchen. Her rich roots and passion for culinary arts were inspired by cooking with her grandmother at a very young age; years later, she’d moonlight in the hospitality industry after earning…

Making Hair-Story: This Artist Is Styling Her Insecurities Away Making Hair-Story: This Artist Is Styling Her Insecurities Away

Artist Laetitia Ky has had enough: enough body-shaming, self-doubting and denying the natural beauty all of us possess—no matter what form it takes. The 21-year-old self-proclaimed “Ivorian goddess and polyvalent artist” has taken matters into her own hands—and hair—creating an Instagram full of surrealist imagery…

More Than a #FatGirlRunning: Ultrarunner Mirna Valerio Shuts Down Naysayers and Promotes Self-Care More Than a #FatGirlRunning: Ultrarunner Mirna Valerio Shuts Down Naysayers and Promotes Self-Care

Blossoming as one of the faces of body positivity, ultrarunner Mirna Valerio proves that she’s more than just a FatGirlRunning. The multidimensional author of A Beautiful Work in Progress has been making her way around the internet—and on the pavement.

Desired Extensions Is Changing Lives, One Tress at a Time Desired Extensions Is Changing Lives, One Tress at a Time

Gina Conwell knows hair. You could say that the owner of high-end hair boutique Desired Extensions was born into the beauty industry: Her parents own All-in-1 Beauty Supply, an Atlanta beauty emporium that has served local residents for the past 40 years.

From Anecdote to Endorsement: Tiffany Haddish Is Playing the Super Bowl With Groupon

She ready! In addition to her star turn in last summer’s runaway hit Girls Trip, comedian Tiffany Haddish won the adoration of millions with her now viral appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in July. During her visit, she hilariously recounted taking Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on a swamp tour in New Orleans, using…

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