Why 2017 was the year of the beauty mogul

Both Rihanna and Pat McGrath have laid the foundations for a more inclusive makeup industry in 2018 The year is drawing to a close with a diverse future of makeup finally shimmering on the horizon. The biggest names on the beauty scene over the past 12 months were Pat McGrath and Rihanna, both of whom created sellout products that corrected the beauty industrys longstanding Eurocentric approach, and were designed for use on all skin tones Rihanna with her Fenty range and beauty industry supremo McGrath with Pat McGrath Labs. These two moguls share a lot in approach. They both have huge and fervent social media followings (McGrath has 1.6 million Instagram followers; Rihanna has 58.5 million). They even share models plus-size beauty and Fenty Beauty campaign star Paloma Elsesser was originally a McGrath muse, discovered on Instagram. But the two took very different routes into beauty. McGrath is one of […] Read more »

The fashion industry said my dreadlocks would stop me working. They were wrong

Theres a lot of politics tied up in black hair, says Miu Miu model Adesuwa Aighewi, but nothing should stop self-expression When I got my hair dreadlocked ahead of New York fashion week, I had some pushback from people in the industry worried that I wouldnt get jobs the suggestion was that I might look too black. But I enjoy being different and standing out so I decided to keep them and take my chances. Two days later, my agents in New York called to say Coach had cast me to open their spring/summer 2018 show at New York. I couldnt believe it Ive walked in other shows in the past, but this was a career-changer. I went on to walk for Miu Miu in Paris and Bottega Veneta in Milan, which is a classic Italian brand not known for using edgy models. I was thrilled a girl with dreads […] Read more »