10 Influential Women of Color Who Helped Shape Beauty Trends

From the hair on our heads to the polish on our toes, these 10 dynamic women were instrumental in defining how we approach beauty.

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From the hair on our heads to the polish on our toes, these ten dynamic women were unquestionably instrumental in defining how we approach beauty.

Long before TikTok, Instagram or Pinterest, women of color were setting trends in every facet of beauty. From hair and makeup to skincare and nails, these bold women were taking risks and experimenting with beauty in ways that could not be ignored. Most, if not all, did this without strong support from Hollywood or major corporate backing of any kind. 

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Some of the women on our list were breaking beauty barriers decades ago, which is a huge feat in itself. Regardless of the time, they all were innovative, creative and fearless because they didn’t mind breaking the status quo. These trailblazers likely did not intend to become trendsetters but every single one of them has influenced how women of all backgrounds approach beauty today. We want to give them their long overdue flowers.

Happy Women’s History Month!

Diana Ross

Ms. Ross is not just a boss in entertainment. The iconic singer gave us all the glam, all the time! As a young Detroit woman from humble beginnings, she could have let others dim her light but thank goodness she didn’t. Her music and her long, luxurious lashes are still legendary!