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Host Dana Blair was picture perfect and ready for fun.
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DJs Tiff McFierce and Olivia Dope pose for a photo opp.
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A view of the stage before the crowds arrived.
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An #ESSENCEStyle Instagram frame was available for the perfect selfe.
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Beauty Editor Nykia Spradley speaks onstage.
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Designers Charlene Dunbar, Ashley Riles and designer/mentor Ron Bass discuss making it in the fashion business.
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Charlene Dunbar and her collection’s models pose backstage.
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A model for designer Charlene Dunbar walks the runway.
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Designer Ashley Riles and her collection's models pose backstage.
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Beauty guru Taren Guy in the Home Depot Lounge.
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Attendees pose for a pic by a car, part of the Chevrolet Chic Lounge.
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Food trucks in the Essence Eats area.
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A view of the crowds strolling through vendor booths.
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A stylish attendee selected by ESSENCE shows off her outfit in the Street Style Fashion Show.
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Queens in their element.
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Attendees shop for Shea Moisture products.
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Entertainment Director Cori Murray walks two mini models down the runway.
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Gabrille Union accepts her "Closet Crush" award.
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An attendee rocking the word of the day.
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A birdseye view of the incredible turnout.
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Attendees purchase goodies from the Chevrolet Chic Lounge.
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A model soaks in the cheers from the crowd.
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A mini model works the Street Style Fashion show runway.
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A family slays on the Street Style Fashion Show runway.
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Gabrielle Union with her "Closet Crush" award backstage.
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Hair styling demos with Shea Moisture.
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Decorating tips by Home Depot.
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Oliva Dope looking fierce the DJ Booth.
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Signage at Essence Eats area.
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Andra Day poses backstage.
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Mel B hosts the Street Style Fashion Show.
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An attendee selected by ESSENCE walks the runway in the Street Style Fashion Show.
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Attendees get glam in the Shea Moisture Lounge.
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Children got crafty in the Home Depot Kid Zone.
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Attendees get their nails done at the ESSENCE Beauty Box station.
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Tiff McFierce plays a set for the crowd.
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Andra Day stuns with her voice and her 'fit.
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Executive Editor of ESSENCE.com, Abby West gets glam.
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Mel B poses backstage.
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Olivia Dope gets the crowd hype for the next set.
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Kids Whip and Nae Nae on stage.
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