17 Black Beauty-in-Chief's You Must Know

These women personify "beauty and a boss." From redefining black beauty to starting their own companies crafted specifically for women of color. Here are 17 black beautypreneurs you should know!

Virginia Lowman Sep, 23, 2015

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Vegan and health concscious girls find a friend in Ginger and Liz founders, Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett. The two friends share a love of beauty and teamed up to create a vegan-friendly, toxin-free line of rich, vibrant polishes and opaque nudes. A perfect example or a sisterhood gone corporate!

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Millenial it girl, fit girl, beauty girl, DJ and entrepreneur— phew!— Hannah Bronfman is the girl everyone wants to be besties with. At just 24 years old she founded the beauty app, Beautified, which offers at-home salon services at the touch of a button!

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America's first female millionaire was self-made woman, Mme. C.J. Walker, who started a cosmetic empire selling hair and beauty products to black women through her very own establishment, Madame C. J Walker Manufacturing Company.

Beauty, boss, pioneer, the list goes on!

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We're drooling over The Mane Choice founder, Courtney Adeleye's gorgeous strands! She's on a mission to make gorgeous, long,  healthy hair an option for all women; and if her hair is proof of the power of the product, then we're all in!

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Lisa Price left her job as a secretary and founded what is now one of the biggest natural hair brands in the US, Carol's Daughter. Curious how she started? She set her intentions by creating a list of things she wanted to become. She's a true example of speaking your dreams into existence! Her new beauty campaign #BornAndMade is all about empowering women to embrace the beauty of being their authentic selves.

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You may recognize this beauty boss, Vera Moore, from her role as Linda Metcalf on the soap opera, "Another World." She left televison and started Vera Moore cosmetics a beauty line that focuses on people of color and extensive line of makeup and skincare products for men and women.

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 Tyra Banks has been everything from a supermodel to a television talk how host, and now she's opening the door for all women to "be their own boss"—or as she likes to call them,  Beautytainers— through her beauty-on-the-go cosmetics line, Tyra Beauty. Her advise to you? "Transform your life... like a boss!"

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This fashion and beauty mogul was one of the first women to start a monthly beauty box service made for women of color. Cocotique is a delux beauty box that ships a curated selection hair, skin, makeup and fragrance samples each month so you get the chance to try before buy! That's smart shopping for you!

If you like the sound of "try-before-you-buy" beauty, then be sure to check out our newest venture, ESSENCE Beauty Box

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Supermodel turned business mogul, Iman Abdulmajid, ruled the runways and then became a business force to be reckoned with! She turned her knowledge of the fashion and beuaty industry into a multi-million dollar company and started an affordable, drugstore beauty brand that's highly pigmented and caters specifically to women of color, Iman Cosmetics.

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Miami-based beauty girl, Keyshia Ka'oir knows a thing or two about beauty. As a model in the music industry, she has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Desperate for a line that focused on bold beauty, she founded Ka'Oir  Cosmetics, the ultimate line for the girl who wants color and isn't afraid to try something new or something blue...lipstick, that is!

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Dynamic sister duo and Nola natives, Wendy Levy and Kim Etheridge specialize in color. They founded beauty brand, Magnolia Makeup in 2008 offering a vast selection über pigmented shadows and lipsticks and quickly proved themselves to be beauty contenders.

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If you sufffer from cosmetic allergies or skin sensitivity, Clare Eluka is your girl! She founded Premae Skincare, a luxury vegan skincare line. That means her products are paraben-free, treenut, soy, wheat, oat and gluten-free and SLS and pretrochemical free. Translation: her stuff is super gentle, but it doesn't compromise on efficacy. Their motto? "We do beauty, but better."

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UK-based beauty girl and MDMflow founder, Florence "Flow" Adepoju has a degree in cosmetic science so, basically, the girl knows her stuff! In need of a killer lipstick with major color? Her line is sure to be your new bold lip obsession. 

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Former wallstreet maven, Nancy Twice has a classic beauty story. She grew up watching her grandmother mix fabulour hair potions in her bath tub and later decided to take those chilhood recipies from her bathtub to th global beauty market. She's the founder of curly girl favorite haircare line, Briogeo

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CurlBOX founder, Myleik Teele is a beauty junkie's best friend. CurlBOX lets you sample all of the products you want to try without worrying about wasting money on products you don't like. If you're someone who's bathroom vanity is overflowingwith products that you bought and didn't use, CurlBOX—and our ESSENCE Beauty Box— is your new best friend!


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