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Zerina Akers, Billy Porter, Fe Noel, Pat Cleveland & More Win Big At ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards

The best of the best in Black fashion designers, stylists, photographers & more were honored to kick off NY Fashion Week.
Photos Taken By: Paige Ricks
By Nandi Howard · September 5, 2019

To create a rightful space where Black stylists, models, photographers, designers and more can be recognized for their trendsetting work. Yesterday evening, ESSENCE hosted our first Best In Black Fashion Awards where black trendsetters were honored and celebrated. We recognized fashion icons such as Billy Porter and Pat Cleavland and designers like Rich Mnisi and Fe Noel took home awards.

While a host of popular trends remain rooted in Black culture, we rarely get the credit for birthing them. The CFDA and Vogue Fashion Fund have received criticism for repeatedly snubbing deserving designers of color. ESSENCE is here to change that.

Photo: Paige Ricks

Check out the winners of the BIBFA below.

Model Newcomer: Adut Akech

Change Agent: Tracy Reese Hope For Flowers

Red-Carpet Maven Award: Yara Shahidi

Best Fashion Campaign: Winnie Harlow for Byblos SS 2019