Nina Shaw is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. As an entertainment lawyer (and one of our 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honorees, she has encountered some true #BlackGirlMagic.

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Shaw said that Black girl magic is simply showing the world what we’ve always known about ourselves.

“We’re beautiful and we’re smart and God knows we have fortitude,” she said on our red carpet. “Black girl magic means to me just getting out there and doing it every day and not letting anything get you down.”

So when did Shaw discover her own Black girl magic? Shaw said that ESSENCE helped her realize her own.

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“ESSENCE has been home for so many of us for so many years,” she said. “I always say that ESSENCE was the first place that I felt I was a pretty Black girl.”

We think you’re pretty magical, Nina!