EXCLUSIVE: This 'Ode to Beauty' Editorial Is The Ultimate Tribute to Black Sisterhood

Justin Ifill-Forbes

Camara Aunique's celebrity rolodex is impressive, but we're seriously gawking over this tribute to the pioneering women in her inner circle. 

Nikki Brown Aug, 08, 2017

There are few things more inspiring than the sisterhoods we form throughout our lives. Whether they’re with our mentors, family members or girlfriends, these bonds are sometimes the only motivation we can cling to during our lowest moments.

Makeup artist Camara Aunique knows this all too well and that’s why she partnered with Hannah Magazine to create “An Ode to Beauty.” The breathtaking editorial not only spotlights her adept makeup skills; it also gave her the opportunity to honor those who gave her an extra boost of Black girl magic when she felt like throwing in the towel.

They include a host of badass changemakers, such as Luke Cage actress Simone Missick (above), Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price, writer and activist Michaela Angela Davis, I Don’t Do Clubs founder Genese Jamilah, Emmy-nominated TV host Kéla Walker and more.

“At the time of this shoot, I was dead broke, and at a real low point of my career,” she told ESSENCE. “These women supported, encouraged, uplifted and championed for me. In the midst of my trials, they poured into me, and ‘An Ode to Beauty’ not only allowed to me to use my craft to cope with my circumstances, but it was my way of expressing gratitude to my friends; I wanted to celebrate them.”

Besides a bold beat created by Aunique herself, each women was also adorned in eclectic hairstyles by Nicole Newland and photographed by Justin Ifill-Forbes. In short: this display of Black beauty excellence is the ultimate collaboration of creatives.

Check out the entire editorial below, which you can also get your hands on when you purchase the Summer 2017 issue of Hannah Magazine. 

 

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Pictured: Writer and Activist Michaela Angela Davis

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Pictured: Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes and She Did That

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Pictured: Evita Turquoise Robinson, Founder & Creator of Nomadness Tribe

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Pictured: Emmy Nominated TV Host & Producer Kéla Walker 

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Pictured: I Don't Do Clubs Founder Genese Jamilah

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Pictured: Actress Simone Missick

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Pictured: Actress Simone Missick

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Pictured: Executive Producer of Apollo Theatre Kamilah Forbes

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Pictured: Carol's Daughter Founder Lisa Price

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Pictured: Singer-Songwriter Renee Neufville