The results are in! We narrowed down hundreds of applications from smart, talented girls to six beauty mavens who will be the next wave of creative & entrepreneurial leaders. It’s all part of our new mentoring program with Ulta Beauty designed to help empower young women through beauty, Girls United: Beautiful Possibilities.

And now we are excited for you to get to know our new squad better, starting with Amani Taylor, Madisyn Clark and Rhyann Sampson. Watch the video to see why they applied, and what they’re looking forward to as they get ready to head to the Ulta Beauty headquarters in Chicago for the program kick-off.

Click HERE to get to know the other girls in the squad.

Coming soon: more fun videos that follow them as they build an exclusive capsule collection for Ulta Beauty, plus learn from ESSENCE and Ulta Beauty mentors, as well as influencers and brand founders.

Learn more at and join the conversation at #EssenceGirlsUnited #BeautifulPossibilities