'The Bedazzled Crown' Project: 7 Beautiful Black Women Explain Why They Are Queens

Read what makes each of these beauties a queen.

Joslyn Winkfield Aug, 05, 2016

1 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

The New Stereotype, a modern cultural movement that is picking up some major steam, is a pun within itself. "We aren’t introducing new stereotypes but rather shedding light on the many diverse attributes of black men and women in this country that don’t always have the platform they deserve," says creator Marquelle Turner-Gilchrist. Their fifth installment, "The Bedazzled Crown," features 7 black women who collectively champion sisterhood, entrepreneurship, body diversity, and beauty. These lovely ladies gathered to film a video and a vibrant photo shoot at the National Mall in Washington, DC, creating a powerful backdrop to showcase the variety of passions and occupations of the modern black woman. The full video can be found here, and click on to read what makes each of these beauties a queen.

2 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

Occupation: Business Systems Analyst / Blogger

3 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

What makes me a queen: “It is my mission to share my journey of self acceptance with women and girls of height."

4 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

Occupation: Boutique Events Firm Owner

5 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

What makes me a queen: “I have chosen to live my life with distinction and authenticity."

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Occupation: Marketing Manager / Event Planner

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What makes me a queen: “Passion is what drives the dream past the moon, stars and beyond."

8 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

Occupation: Celebrity Stylist

9 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

What makes me a queen: "My determination, I am beautiful Black and Educated."

10 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

Occupation: Private School Fundraiser and Translator

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What makes me a queen: “A woman is a queen when she is regal in any circumstance and shows her love and respect for others"

12 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

Occupation: PR Professional / Blogger

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What makes me a queen: “I am always pursuing body diversity and I try to embody representation in everything that I do."

14 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

Occupation: Marketing Manager/ Blogger

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What makes me a queen: "I am a queen because I will never let fear stop me from anything that I am passionate about."

16 of 16 Olushola Bashorun

For more inspiration and info on these lovely ladies, check out the full video here and other projects by The New Stereotype here.