To close out April 2019 and to kick-off what looks like a new tradition, legendary Women's Lifestyle Magazine, Essence kicked off their inaugural #BeautyCarnival here in New York City.
The mag's first ever Carnival mirrored that of the "the ultimate beauty experience for women of color". The Carnival showcased black-owned beauty companies, products and of course some of our absolute favs in the world of fashion, beauty and all things glam. The Carnival's overall projected vibe focused on women of color and self-care, beauty and celebrating our melanin in all its glory. According to an article on the mag's website, The first annual Essence Beauty Carnival was described as "an immersive event bringing all the ways Black women shine across the globe in the beauty space right to your fingertips." Along with a marketplace for you to stock up on all your favorite goodies, the Carnival is slated to also include "panels, tutorials, a Museum of Black Beauty and much more."
With Essence Fest growing by the numbers in popularity and overall greatness, it totally made sense to create their own Beauty Conference/Convention to celebrate black women in our divine beauty.
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For their first Beauty Carnival, Essence chose one of the top Beauty and Fashion Capital's of the World a.k.a. the "City That Never Sleeps"--New York City.
To get a glimpse of the Beauty Carnival, including snippets of the star-studded guests,panels, interviews and performances, take a look below.
Ciara sat down with Julee Wilson to talk married life, mom life and music star life!
Legendary Fashion Icons Dapper Dan and Misa Hylton dropped some serious knowledge on working in the hip-hop industry.
Sevyn Streeter's performance was full of energy and the perfect pick-me-up!
Iman dropped tons of tweet-worthy jewels on being a black female boss in the beauty industry and received the Icon Award.
Essence Beauty Director Julee Wilson served as moderator for the Carnival.
Makeup-Artist, Innovator and Educator Danessa Myricks gave us a pro-worthy tutorial on "glow-worthy" skin.
Youtuber Jackie Aina on her glow up: "I don't have to look like my struggle."
Of course it wouldn't be an Essence event if they didn't drop some history, so for the Carnival, Essence set up an amazing Museum of(Black) Hair, highlighting the evolution of Black Women's hair through the years.
As a professional makeup-artist, beauty enthusiast/influencer and young black woman, attending Essence's inaugural Carnival where the focus was on #blackgirlmagic, #femaleblackbosses and #blackbeauty, was so inspirational. Being surrounded by so many influential women and trailblazers in the industry made it a one-of-a-kind experience that encourage all women of color to experience.
* Like what you saw? For additional info on Essence's Beauty Carnival, including their future stop(s), lineups, tickets and more visit their page here.