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My Lunch With André Leon Talley  My Lunch With André Leon Talley 

My longtime friend and mentor André Leon Talley stars in The Gospel According André, a documentary premiering Wednesday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, chronicling his rise and 48-year reign as one of the most venerable fashion editors of all time.

Black Designers Rise to the Top 10 of Global Luxury Brands Black Designers Rise to the Top 10 of Global Luxury Brands

Luxury fashion was once a magical realm where black designers rarely held a place at court, let alone reigned among the kings and queens of fashion. Today, global fashion search platform Lyst, in partnership with the Business of Fashion—an online news organization widely regarded as the first and last word on…

Letitia Wright Gets It Right at Avengers: Infinity War Premiere Letitia Wright Gets It Right at Avengers: Infinity War Premiere

Letitia Wright was looking lovely, as usual, at the Avengers: Infinity War premiere in Hollywood on Monday night. Wright is leading the pack in film and fashion and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The 24-year-old Guyanese-born Brit is poised to represent a generation of strong young women who are…

Beautycon Sisters Claim Theirs Loud and Proud  Beautycon Sisters Claim Theirs Loud and Proud 

This weekend, New York City hosted Beautycon, a two-day festival where fans can interact with beauty brands and celebrities for seminars and photo ops. The Glow Up was on hand looking for the latest in black-owned beauty businesses and getting the word on self-care, which seems to be the one thing, besides lipstick,…

Conscious Beauty: For Earth Day, Think Ethical Products Conscious Beauty: For Earth Day, Think Ethical Products

Here are two brands, both made by friends of mine, that take the concept of clean beauty to the heights of purity.

High on Beauty: Cannabinoids 101 High on Beauty: Cannabinoids 101

I was raised on natural beauty, but I’m behind the curve when it comes to cannabinoids and hemp-based beauty products. So for those of you who, like me, need a primer on the how and why of weed-based beauty, I got you.

Bad Girl Blues: The Coachella Makeup Trend to Try Now Bad Girl Blues: The Coachella Makeup Trend to Try Now

All praises due to fashion and beauty rule breaker Rihanna, our triple-threat superstar songstress, fashion designer and makeup mogul who redefined the makeup game again this year at Coachella. Thanks to her, blue eye shadow is officially a thing again this spring.

RiRi’s Style Sizzles at Coachella  RiRi’s Style Sizzles at Coachella 

Yaaass! RiRi came through drippin’ at Coachella last weekend, and that was just the pool party she threw for the launch of Fenty x Puma at a private estate in Indio, Calif. Her new collection—which is a mashup of easy, beachy clothes and streetwear inspired by motocross cool—painted the desert in neon hues of yellow,…

Calling All Black Designers! Harlem Fashion Week Auditions Are Open 

Harlem Fashion Week auditions are open for fashion designers who want to show their Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collections at the biannual event this September, covered by top-tier fashion journalists from around the world—including The Glow Up.

Soul on Ice: Beyoncé’s Ivy Park Honors Figure Skating of Harlem 

Beautiful black baby girls on ice skates is a sight to behold. Perhaps that’s why Beyoncé just blessed Figure Skating of Harlem, the only organization in America that offers ice skating and academic mentoring to girls of color, with workout gear from her line, Ivy Park. On its website, Ivy Park stated, “We donated bc…

Around-the-Way Girl: Meet Adut Akech, Italian Vogue’s Cover Girl Next Door Around-the-Way Girl: Meet Adut Akech, Italian Vogue’s Cover Girl Next Door

Fresh for spring! Adut Akech is one of the supermodels on the cover of Italian Vogue’s April “Girls Next Door” issue, shot by the photographer team Mert Atlas and Marcus Piggott.

Closet Case: Fashion Psychologist Dawnn Karen Styles From the Inside Out 

On Saturday I woke up to find out, over coffee and the New York Times, that “fashion psychology” is now a thing. Dawnn Karen—a Columbia grad who, in 2012, made history as the first black female psychology professor (and also one of the youngest) at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology—is an academic and…

Always on Point: Fashion Stylist Dione Davis Always on Point: Fashion Stylist Dione Davis

Dione Davis is a woman of many talents. Her day job is as the in-house stylist at Tibi, an über-chic, under-the-radar designer collection that’s favored by fashion insiders and C-suite executives. Davis is like many of the brand’s core customers, who tend to be successful women in creative fields: She pivoted into…

Can We Talk? Viola Davis Speaks of Survival at the Power of Women Luncheon  Can We Talk? Viola Davis Speaks of Survival at the Power of Women Luncheon 

Viola Davis is known for her moving speeches—whether she’s speaking about social injustice or accepting well-deserved accolades in an industry in which she’s helping to ensure that black women soar.

Power of Women: Tarana Burke Brings Message of Strength to New York City

Tarana Burke, who founded the #MeToo movement in 2006, came to New York City this week to let us know how we can be of value to the movement and how to protect everyone from “the disease of sexual violence.”

Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones 

There’s an interesting new documentary about performer Grace Jones out this weekend. The title, Bloodlight and Bami, is taken from Jamaican slang for the red light in the recording booth, and bami is a kind of Jamaican flatbread. I don’t know if I’ll see the documentary or not. To me, Grace Jones was simply everything…

How to Get Some Big-Ass Lashes in 3 Moves How to Get Some Big-Ass Lashes in 3 Moves

I’m always looking for some big-ass lashes in my life, but the problem is, either big-ass lashes take time and much money, or it’s a struggle to apply a strip lash—a battle that, usually, I don’t win. Even with my supermodel powers honed for decades on runways all over the planet, applying lashes ain’t easy.

Mad Hatters: B.M. Franklin Has Your Custom Crowns

Is hat-making a lost art? No way. At B.M. Franklin & Co., a black-owned bespoke haberdashery in the heart of New York City, founded by classically trained hat-maker B.M. Franklin, the art of hat-making is thankfully alive and well.

Diet and Depression: Are They BFFs?  Diet and Depression: Are They BFFs? 

Big, bloated, unhappy and depressed? There’s a link between diet and depression, according to new findings reported by the Wall Street Journal. Bottom line: If you’re eating wrong, diet can become depression’s best friend. Eat right, and diet and happiness become BFFs.

Dolce & Gabbana Conquers the Met Opera House 

Never before has New York City’s Metropolitan Opera played host to a fashion show. Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian fashion house known for sparkling excess, were the first ever to have the honor Sunday night in Manhattan, as part of its four-day Alta Moda bespoke men’s and women’s haute couture runway and jewelry…

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