Phenomenal. Fearless. Faithful. Meet the winners of our Dare to Be You beauty search, as featured in the October issue of ESSENCE. From nearly 500 entries, these women rose to the top. They show that Black beauty comes in all shades, sizes and features. Let's celebrate what makes us special!
Age: 43, New YorkRadio host, insurance specialist, motherFavorite feature: my freckles"When I was younger I tried to use a vanishing cream on my freckles and I got a rash. Now my freckles are a part of me. I would never try to get rid of them; without them I wouldn't be who I am. I have battled alcoholism and depression. I'm proud of the fact that I don't look like what I've been through. I use my experience to uplift and encourage women. We all have the potential to change. It doesn't matter where you've been or where you've fallen; you just have to be willing to take that first step."