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5 Trailblazing Black Women Who Are Slaying the Fashion Industry

In honor of Women’s History Month, we wanted to celebrate the accomplishments of five must-know trailblazers in the fashion industry. These women have not only chosen to create their own path, but have set out to break barriers.


Shiona Turini

Influential women in fashion from A Leap of Style

Known as an industry leading editor and style consultant, Shiona Turini is setting trends in the fashion industry. She has exemplified persistence, hard work, and determination early on in her career, landing a fashion internship at Yves Saint Laurent in New York City with no prior experience. She has since went on to become a contributor to New York Magazine’s The Cut, W Magazine, and Teen Vogue. Shiona has gone on to style superstars Solange and Beyonce.


Elaine Welteroth

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Not only is Elaine the youngest person to become editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, a Condé Nast publication, but she is also only the second African-American to hold the title since the company's existence. Before making history early last year, Elaine held the title of beauty editor at Ebony Magazine and beauty and style editor at Glamour.


Kelechi Anyadiegwu

Influential women in fashion from A Leap of Style Kelechi Anyadiegwu

Kelechi is the creator and founder of Zuvaa, an online marketplace catering to the modern woman who loves African fashion - from African print skirts, ankara pants, and African-inspired accessories. Kelechi used her skills in social media marketing paired with her interests in fashion and love for Africa to create an online community for emerging designers to showcase their pieces around the world. What once started as a vision has turned into a million dollar company.


June Ambrose

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Well Known for her celebrity styling, June Ambrose is a pioneer in the fashion industry. With a career spanning more than two decades, June has reportedly styled over 200 music videos for celebrities such as Missy Elliot, P. Diddy, and Mase. She has since switched gears from behind the scenes styling to sharing her wisdom on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The view, and even her own show, Styled by June.


Tai Beauchamp

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Tai is an internationally recognized expert fashion consultant. Her career began as an intern at Good Housekeeping and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. She quickly rose to associate beauty editor for The Oprah Magazine, and in 2004 became the youngest and first African-American appointed to Beauty and Fitness director at Seventeen Magazine. Tai launched Tai Life Media, a branding and marketing firm and frequently contributes to The View and The Wendy Williams Show as a style expert.


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