On the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood blue carpet, model and actress Garcelle Beauvais reminisced on her humble beginnings in Hollywood and how ESSENCE magazine gave her her start.

“I was on a bus. A New York City bus at 17 when Susan L. Taylor came on the bus and gave me her card and said, ‘You should be a model.’ And I was on the cover [of ESSENCE] like, 8 months later,” she shared.

ESSENCE magazine has been giving Black women opportunities for over 45 years and as Beauvais says, ESSENCE remains the “go-to” for Black women to be celebrated and loved.

“It’s just wonderful to uplift each other and have a go-to where you know you’re loved and embraced.”

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