Entertainer of the Year #TWT

Lizzo. The first thing that comes to my mind is her body positivity. As 2019 comes to an end, I can’t help but admire her hustle, her catchy tunes, and her abundance of self-love. Her boldness is shaking the industry and has everyone motivated to be unapologetically themselves. She is our last terrific woman of the year.

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Lizzo grew up in Texas playing the flute. She went to the University of Houston for music performance and rapped in a group named the “Cornrow Clique.” After, she hopped from group to group and then went solo.

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As a solo artist, most of her songs were and still are about being black and an “overweight woman” and the stigma attached to it. Her songs resonate with many listeners. An album that really highlighted her personal experiences and contributed to her success was ‘Big Grrrl Small World’. Her song, “My Skin” from the album blew up in 2014. With powerful lyrics like, “I woke up in this in my skin…I can’t wash it away, so you can’t take it from me my brown skin,” women were shocked by its relatability and truth. In 2014, body positivity wasn’t a conversation that was prioritized. There was still a lack of representation of minorities and thicker women on TV and in media, so this song was one of the first to address it.

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This year Lizzo’s album ‘Cuz I Love You’ remained in the top 10 of the billboard 200 for several weeks, she made her SNL debut, performed at Coachella, and was named Entertainer of the Year by TIMES’s magazine. Every time I open up Instagram or Facebook I always see her name, her face, her performances. She has been the topic of most conversations recently.

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Lizzo never fails to give a killer performance and is very passionate about her music and what she stands for. I admire her desire for others to continue to push and work harder. In a tweet while reflecting on where she was versus where she is, she writes, “don’t stop…we need you. Your time is coming.”

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Lizzo is a girl with beauty and brains, and I am excited to see what else she is capable of!

What other beauty would you like to acknowledge before the year ends?

Award-Winning Actress #TWF

Cicely Tyson is a legend to many! She’s an award winning actress seen in ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,’ ‘The Help,’ and Broadway’s ‘The Trip to Bountiful.’ She is our terrific woman this Friday!

Cicely was very secretive with her personal life. But she was very involved in her community. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, she co-founded the Dance Theater of Harlem. She would also teach master classes at a performing arts school in East Orange, which was actually named after her.

She has won many awards such as 2013 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress. In 1977 she was added to the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and was honored by the congress of Racial Equality. Cicely was also awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

Cicely is 93 years old and is still acting and setting the bar high for aspiring actresses. She is a girl with beauty and brains.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

 

Hello, Beauties! Breast cancer awareness is coming to an end, but I wanted to share my Fabulous Confabulation with Dawn Hughes. She is a breast cancer survivor and a baker. Get ready to be moved by her inspiring story!

Dawn also has a baking business with her cousins called, Indulge LLC.

Check out their delicious treats on Instagram and Facebook !!

She is a role model to all in the modeling industry #TWT

This beauty was the first woman to compete for Miss Minnesota USA in a hijab and a burkini. But before that, she lived at a refugee camp in Kenya. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Halima Aden.

Halima moved to Missouri through a refugee Resettlement program when she was seven years old. With a serious work ethic and of course her beauty, she was handed a modeling contract with IMG.

But Halima didn’t become just an ordinary model, she also became a role model to others. She remained true to herself by not changing just to fit society’s definition of a “beautiful.” She continues to walk international runways in a hijab and has modeled for some of the most biggest names in the industry, including Fenty Beauty.

Besides modeling, Halima always takes time out of her busy schedule to assist the UNICEF in their work with refugees around the world. She also talks to colleges and universities about diversity in fashion and the power of representation. It is an important conversation that helps young adults understand that they don’t need to be like everyone else, they can be original and confident, and still succeed (probably even more).

Halima said she never felt beautiful when she was younger because she never saw someone that looked like her on TV or on billboards. Now she is making sure that no kid ever feels the way she felt by being that figure who is Muslim and black in the modeling industry, which is something you don’t see.

Thank you Halima for staying grounded in your culture, embracing who you are, and inspiring women to just be themselves. Halima Aden is a girls with beauty and brains.

Actress by day, activist by night #TWT

This beauty is known for major role in Black-ish and Grown-ish. Yup, our terrific woman this Tuesday is Yara Shahidi. 

Not only is Yara a talented and successful actress, she is also a social activist and a role model to others. Between filming episodes of Black-ish, attending award shows, and taking classes, Yara still continued to stay active and excel in high school. In school, she started Yara’s Club, an extension membership program partnered with the Young Women’s Leadership Network, which focused on “empowering the youth to defeat poverty through education.” That’s amazing how she was about to use her resources to benefit the school and her community. 

Yara has also partnered with Always on the #LikeAGirl campaign. She has always loved mathematics and the sciences so partnering with them was just another platform for her to tell her story and motivate other girls to focus on STEM subjects. 

Yara has participated in many women marches, spoke about difficult topics, inspired others, and have received awards regarding the service and work she has done. 

Yara is currently attending Harvard University while still filming for her show Grown-ish. Yara exemplifies someone of many talents. She stands for more than just an actress, she is an intelligent black young woman who is leading the younger generation into the right direction. Yara is a girl with beauty and brains! 

My Fabulous Confabulation with Ms.Tracey Moore

Hello, Beauties! This is my Fabulous Confabulation with Ms. Tracey Moore, who is a renowned casting director! In this chat, she drops some wisdom and tips regarding the acting business. If you’re an aspiring actor or director then this chat is for you!

Follow Tracey on Instagram @thespiritedactor
If you would like to work one on one with Tracey, you can email her at traceymoorecasting@gmail.com

To purchase her book, “The Spirited Actor: Principles for a Successful Audition,” click here.

 

What was your favorite part of the interview?

Kate Spade #TWT

This beauty was one of the most successful fashion designers in the 1990s. This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Kate Spade.

She started the launch of her Kate Spade bags in 1993 and opened a small boutique in SOHO, Manhattan shortly after. These modern, sleek, and vibrant bags were then featured in high-end stores like Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. Kate was always thinking outside the box and branched out of just selling bags. She sold all kinds of merchandise from eyewear to shoes to paper goods. Kate also wrote three books named  MannersOccasion, and Style, which shared her personal style and philosophies.

 Although Kate Spade has passed away, her legacy and contribution to fashion will last forever. Kate was a girl with beauty and brains; may she rest in peace.

May: My Fabulous Confabulation with Ms. Denise Pease

Hello, Beauties! This is my Fabulous Confabulation with Ms. Denise Pease! In this chat, she talks about the many positions she has worked in the government, including being an appointee by Barack Obama to serve as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. GSA. Ms. Denise is also a breast cancer survivor and has epilepsy, but that hasn’t stopped her from giving back to her community and advocating for others with disabilities. This confabulation is very informative and I hope you learn as much as I did while interviewing her.

She is the president and co-founder of RewardStyle #TWT

This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Amber Venz. This young entrepreneur is the president and co-founder of RewardStyle, which is a monetization platform for top-tier beauty, fashion, and lifestyle publishers.

Before creating her platform, Amber worked in many areas of fashion. As a freshman in college, she launched her own jewelry line and she sold it to retailers across the U.S. Then she worked as a freelance stylist in LA. But after all of that, Amber realized that she wanted to help other entrepreneurs, bloggers, and retailers. RewardStyle has over 4,000 retailers and 14,000 publishers on their network. It allows them to promote their content and it has brought many shoppers to purchase more than $250 million in merchandise.  Amber is a girl with beauty and brains!

 

 

February: My Fabulous Confabulation with Sarah Paul

Hello Beauties! For the month of February, I had a Fabulous Confabulation with Sarah Paul. In this chat, Sarah talks about what the modeling business is like, how she signed with a modeling agency, and her goals for the future. She also shares some of her most fiercest and favorite modeling looks, so that you can slay the next time you take a selfie. This was a super fun chat as well as an informative one! I hope you enjoy this Fabulous Confabulation!

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