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Iman Lip Affair Palette

The changing face of the beauty business

Mainstream cosmetics brands are slowly doing an about face. Where they once neglected consumers of color with paltry shade ranges, between the mid ‘90s and early 2000s, they began to expand their color offerings and hire African-American, Asian and Latina spokesmodels.
A black woman with natural hair

Natural hair care’s next wave

theGRIO REPORT - Natural hair care leaders are optimistic that in the future the share of women who see natural hairstyles as evidence of self-confidence and beauty will continue to grow...
Cushnie et Ochs

NYFW Recap: Best Spring 2014 looks by black designers

Black designers made quite an impact with strong representation, if not in the main tents of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Many independent shows and group showcases brought their looks to the forefront.
Models at the Harlem's Fashion Row Spring 2014 show

Fashion industry insiders react to Bethann Hardison’s letter alleging racism on runways

theGRIO REPORT - It seems every that Fashion Week, a spate of articles comes out pointing out the dearth of black models on the runway.
Samantha Black's collection

From Harlem’s Fashion Row to Elle Fashion Next, designer competitions are new sources of...

theGRIO REPORT - For designers without deep pockets, competitions like the upcoming 'Styled to Rock' offer a chance to secure the funding crucial to paying the high cost of creating and distributing fashion...
Hot black men in fashion

New York Fashion Week: Take men’s style cues from these 7 sartorially-savvy dudes

theGRIO SLIDESHOW - In honor of New York Fashion Week, we have decided to honor popular black men of style who are often overlooked by the mainstream...
Pregnant black woman

Report: Pregnant women often penalized by employers

theGRIO REPORT - Believing the common bond of motherhood would lead to smooth relationships, when Pope entered her work environment -- where the executive director had a teen and a pre-teen -- she never would have thought her pregnancy would be a cause for termination...
Full-Figured Fashion Week

Full-Figured Fashion Week exposes plus-size brands to large fashion retailers eager for growth

FFFWeek founder Gwen DeVoe says her event has evolved to match the industry’s growing focus on the plus-size business opportunity.
Rafael Valentino

Rafael Valentino: Male model on a mission

When it comes to less pay for equal work, women are disproportionately at a disadvantage end of the gender income gap—except when it comes to modeling. Modeling is probably the only industry where it’s an accepted fact that women will earn more than their male counterparts.
Some of our biggest black female fashion icons

Carrying fashion’s torch: Black women style stars from slavery to the present lighting the...

ESSAY - During this International Women’s Month, as we reflect on those that came before us in the world of style, it is important to stay inspired to create further opportunities for black women in fashion...
Black supermodels B. Smith Campbell, Beverly Johnson and Tyra Banks

The first black cover models: Where are they now?

Here, we, salute the firsts, and give you an update on where they landed after their glam-filled youths. Where are the world's first black cover girls and guys now? Read on to learn more.
Liya Kebede, Alek Wek, Gelila Bekele, and Georgie Badiel

Fashion Week: Meet models committed to making a difference

SLIDESHOW - Fashion Week isn’t only about glitzy runway shows and star-studded front rows; nor is the industry solely about dreamy designer pieces most of us can’t afford and rich, skinny models. Some of those beautiful mannequins and marquee names are as much about substance as style.
A holiday-themed dress by black designer, LaQuan Smith.

theGrio's holiday style guide: Great looks and fashion tips for women and men

SLIDESHOW - For more great holiday style selections, check out our style guide featuring black designers. These fab garments have that little bit of added sparkle or glam for the perfect festive touch...

Overnight, Michelle Obama made black designer Laura Smalls a name to know

It was the historic year that President Obama was elected the first African-American president of the United States that Smalls took up her sketchpad after a long break and began designing one-off pieces.
Oprah Winfrey

Oprah’s network breaks through to black female viewers with positive alternatives to reality programming

Perhaps -- as ratings have demonstrated -- boosting the quotient of positive black female portrayals on OWN will be the secret ingredient that optimizes its strategy for success.
Tracey Edmonds

Tracey Edmonds shares wisdom on producing films, raising kids and finding love: 'A woman...

Tracey Edmonds story is far more complicated, far less sensational than most will want to admit — and probably wouldn’t be so easy to dismiss if she weren’t a beautiful woman.
Arlenis Sosa, Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls

New York Fashion Week progress report: Black models still underrepresented on the catwalks

ANALYSIS - It’s encouraging and exciting to see the likes of Joan Smalls, Arlenis Sosa, Cora Emmanuel, and Jourdan Dunn work the runway, but black models are still not represented evenly at New York Fashion Week...
Korto Momolu, a Korto Momolu design, and Kimberly Goldson

‘Project Runway’ alums Korto Momolu and Kimberly Goldson return with New York Fashion Week...

It was a Project Runway reunion of sorts at Korto Momolu’s show in Manhattan’s Helen Mills Center on Friday. Season 4 alum Carmen Webber...
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour appears with Amar'e Stoudemire

Fashion’s Night Out: NY Fashion Week kicks off with hot shopping event

Fashion's night out skews young and is not conducive to older shoppers. Read why it might need an upgrade beyond the evening.
True Finish Refining Mineral Foundation

True Finish Refining Mineral Foundation marks a new phase — and face — for...

Fifty-five-year old Patrice Weiss and her mother once used Fashion Fair Cosmetics faithfully. “It was in the ‘80s,” Weiss remembers. “I used the moisturizer,...