The proactive Morgan State University student was responsible for the site dedicated to uplifting and celebrating the beauty of dark-complexioned women, as well as the #DarkSkinRedLip project, which she started after a comment made by rapper A$AP Rocky suggested that dark-skinned women didn't look good in red lipstick.
A close friend and blogger, Aliyah, penned a heartfelt letter to the young entrepreneur:
When I look at you I see a reflection of myself and most certainly that is why this hurts so badly. From now on I’ll forever remember your big beautiful smile, your charm, ambition, professionalism, entrepreneurship, confidence, humility, your drive, and your beautiful Brown Skin. That is what I’ll choose to remember… because to be honest, I’m a bit angry with you. Indeed I’m being selfish, but my heart is devastated- yet, because I know a tad bit about what you were going through I can understand. I’m guilt tripping because I wish I could’ve been there for you a little bit more. I’m so sorry, but I can’t help but to think that with just a little bit more time or a little less distance, proximity would’ve allowed me to make, maybe the slightest difference…. Forgive me!
Many of her followers and supporters are mourning her death and offering their condolences via Twitter.
Another friend put out a heartfelt video to clear up rumors surrounding the details of Washington's death.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Karyn Washington's friends and family.