Last Week, Our Best Beauty Looks Came With Unique Crowns
While the sun shines on everybody, it reflects differently off the skin of black women. From their hair / crown to their toes, there’s no doubting that there’s this innate royalty that comes alive when melanated skin, no matter its shade, is photographed against bright light––be it the sun or studio lighting. Last week’s best beauty looks reminded us of this and had us in full curtsy mood. Instagram influencers.
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Last week, updos and crowns ruled the hair scene from the U.S. to Nigeria. Former Miss America, Nia Imani Franklin, was all smiles as she shared a photo with a deep message, with her elegant crown on her head. Over in Nigeria, Lola Omotayo Okoye, wife to musician Peter Okoye (one half of P-Square) served a flawless face beat for her birthday. With the giant bun atop her head, she was indeed wearing her very own crown.
Still on crowns, we love how Bozoma Saint John pulled her kinky straight hair into a top bun updo, delivering a look that spelled ‘sass’! Little wonder she’s called the self-proclaimed Badassboz!
Last week also had a number black queens who brought their natural hair out to play in all its diverse textures and colors. Singer Janelle Monáe and top model Ebonee Davis championed this look with Janelle’s auburn colored curls popping at the top of her head in classic 4A-C (curl pattern) fashion while Ebonee’s curls framed her face in tiny 3C strings.
Hip hop superstars Monica and Brandy had one of the biggest Verzuz battles this year and broke the internet and had people tuned in for hours listening to the two queens of R&B battle it out. Well, one of them, Monica served a golden smokey eye look that instantly caught our attention. Let’s have a little chat about her eyes! Lashes, set! Eye shadow, popping! Makeup, on fleek!
South African TV host Minnie Dlamini reminded us just how beautiful pink lipstick is with her sultry too-cute-for-the-water makeup look, while a client makeup look by Abuja-based makeup artist, Ronaldthe7th, reminded us of just how stunning a well-done nude-inspired glam look can be. black beauty influencers
Check out last week’s best beauty looks on celebrities and beauty influencers…
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Nia Imani Franklin
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It’s been almost 10 months since I wore this crown (publicly) for the last time. It’s an understatement to say that I didn’t know what was next. Back in December, when I completed my reign as Miss America I planned to travel all over and continue growing as a musician and leader in the arts. I was even about to debut in my first ever professional opera role with the @piedmontopera on March 20, but you know the story. COVID-19 derailed those plans and left us in a quarantine. Honestly, I may not have seemed like it, but I was extremely down about it. I worked so hard to prepare for the role and one week before opening night my dream seemed like it had been shattered. I didn’t leave the house even for grocery runs for weeks (thanks for shopping and cooking for me mom). I didn’t sing. I didn’t write. I didn’t even go outside for sunlight. I don’t even think I realized at the time how hurt I was. Although I did not play the role of Tuptim in “The King and I” at that moment, I stilled gained something extremely valuable – experience. The hard work I put into the practice can never be taken away from me. I still feel highly blessed to be where I am and to be in a way better headspace than I was back in March. I truly believe that even in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic and time, God is still moving. His ways are better than ours, and one day we will understand. I still have more I want to do, but for now I’m doing what I can. I’m taking acting classes with @actorsconnection, writing music, and making sure to live each day with purpose. One thing that is more evident than ever is: We are going through this together. 🤝 💚 How did you guys handle the first several weeks of staying home, and events being cancelled? #staysafe #checkonyourstrongfriends
A post shared by Nia Imani Franklin (@niaimanifranklin) on Sep 1, 2020 at 8:31am PDT
Lola Omotayo Okoye
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