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Beautiful Minds: 17 Inspiring Black Executives Redefining The Face Of Beauty

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Beautiful Minds: 17 Inspiring Black Executives Redefining The Face Of Beauty

BY JULEE WILSON via https://www.essence.com/

Last year we embarked on a mission to pull back the curtain on the beauty industry and revealed 15 inspiring Black executives making waves from within. And while we accomplished our task to some degree, the work is far from over. Which is why this year, for our March/April issue and this digital cover, we tapped 17 more luminaries who are also working tirelessly at top brands. It’s not enough that we know who they are, we must celebrate them and show the world that representation matters. These ladies, from CEOs to CMOs, are paving a path that will encourage those who will follow in their footsteps. As the women gathered on set at the photo shoot you could feel the power and purpose fill the room. It is that energy that will invigorate these extraordinary Black women to keep pushing professionally and continue motivating the world. 

“It’s incredibly important for us to have representation at all levels. At the end of the day, I don’t know if we can always rely on people who don’t look like us to have our best interest at heart. So we need to be …

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