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Black Female Wellness Influencers Are Taking Over

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Black Female Wellness Influencers Are Taking Over

By Amira Rasool via

It’s about damn time.

As a 24-year-old black woman, I, like many other black women I know, did not grow up discussing important subjects like mental health, proper nutrition, and intergenerational healing. “Wellness,” the $4.2 trillion global economy, was a foreign concept. For me, wellness meant getting my physical every year, eating my favorite fruits, and occasionally visiting a therapist when life got too out of control. But a recent breakdown in my health, triggered by the physical, financial, and emotional stress of working as a full-time entrepreneur, led me on a mission to explore ways to live a healthier lifestyle. That’s when I realized a disturbing flaw in the mainstream wellness industry: a stunning lack of black women.

If you google “wellness influencers,” the dozens of photos that pop up are overwhelmingly white. White women doing yoga. White women smiling over green juice. White women posed serenely with plants. If you’re a white woman looking for advice about your hair, skin, mental health, lifestyle changes, or self-care, you have a seemingly…

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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