These are the 7 Minority Women who Changed the World
This is our Superbowl! March is Women's History Month and this time we’re paying homage to the modern women that we believe are pushing boundaries in both the beauty and fashion sphere. All of these women have different stories and different claims to fame but the one commonality that they all share is that they are redefining and reshaping what the standard of beauty is. In collaboration with Eight29, for the next seven days, we’re paying tribute to the seven minority women that we believe are worth celebrating.
A big dreamer and major role model, Halima Aden has been breaking walls down since her pageant days. Aden is noted as the first woman to wear a hijab in a Minnesota Scholarship pageant and has since moved on to be the first woman to wear a hijab on an international high-fashion runway! Signed by IMG modelling agency, she is making waves in the beauty industry and redefining the norms that so often put people in a box. Aden’s career as a model has not only allowed her to represent women of color being from Kenya, but she has also given a new light to Muslim women who wear hijabs. The attention she is drawing to the Muslim fashion industry is just one of the ways she has contributed to the much needed change. With her advocacy for both refugees and Muslim women, she is a noteworthy icon that you should keep on your radar.
Halima’s strength, power, and confidence exudes from within. Her passion and kindness is admirable and certainly goes unnoticed. As one of the many beautiful faces of Fenty Beauty, she holds the crown of being more than a smart & unique woman with a pretty face. In a world that glorifies the physical of a woman more than who she is as a person it is quite refreshing to come to see and know of a woman like Halima such as many others around the world who do not let their beauty in any way shape, or form interfere or define their purpose & mission here on this Earth. Her poise, style, and grace is groundbreaking. She's a woman who young girls are proud to know of and be positively inspired by. Halima - a unique and beautiful woman in every way and a powerhouse of whom the world needs more of.
From her bold, unique, and fashionable style to her fearless attitude, Rihanna has become a household name for many reasons. Since 2007 her music career took off, and is when this Barbadian beauty and musical genius began changing the game. She has released memorable bops like Umbrella, and since then has produced many top hits and fan favorite albums like ANTI. Rihanna has even been claimed to be the most influential artist of the 21st century! That is not hard to believe as she’s dabbled successfully in almost every industry. From being an actress, humanitarian, musician, and entrepreneur Rihanna has boldly proved that she can effortlessly and passionately succeed at all. Prior to the official launch of Fenty Beauty, Rihanna began The Clara Lionel Foundation back in 2012, that pays great homage to her late grandparents. A name that's close to home - she created The CLF with one mission in mind: CLF supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world. As the CLF provides programs such as Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program.
Just when you think that Rihanna has done it all - she unexpectedly let us know of her passion for makeup and beauty by officially releasing Fenty Beauty to the world as one of the most inclusive, historic, and timeless brands known. September 8, 2017 marked the date of a historical moment in time. As Fenty Beauty, gave a voice and commanded attention for those around the world to embrace the universal beauty of women who are often underrepresented in today's society by breaking statistical boundaries all the while bridging the gap of diversity in both the beauty and media industries. There’s no telling what’s next for such a dynamic woman of her caliber but one thing is for sure - which is that no matter what she is a part of next we know that it will be nothing short of revolutionary and make history.
Overflowing with soulful melodies that you just can’t help but groove to, Solange brings music to the next level. Her songs are just as meaningful as they are artistic. With ongoing themes of overcoming racism, embracing the empowerment of women, and owning our divine freedom as women it is only right that we say that she is a creator who sings of positive change not only within her music but within her personal journey as well. She writes melodic rhythms that speak directly to the very hearts and souls of people worldwide. Her ear for music and soft angelic voice serves as a catalyst and a form of healing that can easily be felt when listening to tracks such as Cranes in the Sky. In 2017 Solange won a Centric Award for her song, Cranes In The Sky at The BET Awards. During this special event, she gave a profound and heartwarming speech that praised the likes of co-producer of the Women’s March, Tamika D. Mallory. Glamour - a beauty & lifestyle digital publication that named her as their 2017 Glamour Woman of the Year. She recently released a very anticipated collection of songs titled When I Get Home on BlackPlanet which has her fans more in love with the way she authentically shares stories for all the world to hear and excitingly indulge in.
This beauty is certainly more than what meets the eye. She’s a young woman who confidently, eloquently, and strongly trail blazes through this journey of life with such poise, integrity, and understanding. With a name like Yara meaning small butterfly, or white flower in Arabic and an aura & presence that radiates like the sun from all angles of the sky. We’re happy to see of all of her contributions to this world that she’s been a part of as she continues to walks the streets of wherever she goes with her crown held high and an attitude that exudes positive vibes. This rising star is a triple threat actress, model, and activist!
She is most well known for her role as “Zoey Johnson” in the ABC show Black-ish and Freeform’s Grown-ish. Shahidi has been acting since she was four, coming from a family of creators. Shahidi not only slays on-screen, but is quite the role model off-screen. While pursuing acting, she also attends Harvard to continue growing in her education. Through her platform as a public figure, she advocates for gender and racial equality as well as political awareness. She has started organizations such as Yara’s Club which is a mentorship program and Eighteen x ‘18 which aimed at increasing the number of young voters. Yara Shahidi continues to inspire women of color everywhere by being a prime example of how your voice matters.
Janelle Monae has been serving looks and masterful visuals since the beginning of her career as a singer, actress, and producer. From androgynous pantsuits to black and white gowns she brings versatility to red carpets and inspiration for breaking gender norms. In addition to this, she is quite vocal on her identity as a queer black woman. One of her songs Pynk is a visual representation of inclusivity in the definition of being a woman.
She’s just as passionate for activism as she is talented, as she advocates for women’s independence and equality with her ads in major companies like Covergirl. She is also outspoken about the difficult topics such as police brutality and racism. Her music videos and interviews ignite conversation and create an act of change. Aside from her impressive lineup, she recently made an acting debut in Moonlight, the groundbreaking LGBT film that highlighted people of color! Janelle Monae is an icon that will go down in the books for her activism as well as her artistry.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson born in Chicago, IL in 1964. Grew up with her parents and brother Craig who were often mistaken as twins. Her mother, Marian a secretary at Spiegel’s turned stay at home mom and her father Fraser - a city pump operate and Democratic precinct chief. It’s quite marvelous to see that Michelle even as a young girl was a part of a revolutionary household and family. Her parents believed in the importance of instilling education and morals to their children at a very young age - motivating both Michelle & Craig to confidently read at the age of four. By the time she was in sixth grade, Robinson was already taking accelerated in biology and fluent in the world’s most romantic language also known as French.
Michelle Obama is the most and amazing & well-respected first lady of our time. A woman who will always have our hearts. She’s a mother, wife, inspirational role model, friend, daughter, and teacher. There’s nothing that Michelle cannot do - as we take all her wise words into counsel, her advice, and life long lessons of love, truth, and honesty. She’s a woman of grace, sophistication, integrity, and power who values what matters most. A wife to the most cool president of all time whose has a vernacular and personality unlike any other. A mother to two beautiful & one of a kind girls - Sasha & Malia. She’s definitely our friend, our mother, our sister, our motivational speaker and advisor who can never do any wrong.
She’s a fresh face in Hollywood, speaking out against racism for women of color in an industry that has been mostly problematic throughout history. Her positive attitude about change is seen in her initiative of doing small acts of kindness to create a better world. This Taiwanese actress is popular for her role as Jessica Huang in the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat which portrayed the struggles of an Asian American kid growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood. She also starred in the all Asian cast romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians as Rachel Chu which was practically revolutionary for Hollywood films. These roles have helped her to represent and give new perspectives on Asian Americans and create a more diverse playing field for aspiring actors. Today, she is admired for staying true to her heritage and cultural roots all the while supporting women and men of asian descent as she cultivates a space where acceptance meets humor and mutual respect is widely appreciated and considered first before anything else.
Making waves for Asian Americans everywhere, Constance Wu gained much deserved recognition over the past few years! With a passion for the arts & a comedic personality and honorary heart for helping those of her community and across the world is quite profound. Originally from Richmond, Virginia - Wu grew in performing and being a part of the theater scene of her local community. Around the age of sixteen - she made the move to New York to attend the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Constance instantly made the transition from theater to film soon after which led her to star in two Sundance Feature Films - “Stephanie Daley” & “Year of the Fish”. Following her introduction to the film world - she relocated to Los Angeles, CA in 2010 and was a part of yet another Sundance Feature Film titled “The Sound of My Voice”. In 2014, she was given the role of Jennifer Huang in “Fresh Off The Boat” - an comedy series that later premiered on ABC in 2015. “Fresh Off The Boat” is a comedy series created with inspiration from the memoir of Eddie Huang - dates back to the 1990’s and covers the story of a Taiwanese family who moves to a suburban neighborhood in Orlando, FL.