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#KillingTheGame: 8 Black Women in Fashion to Follow On IG

Black women bring me inspiration on a daily basis. Whether it’s hair, music, or style, I can always find something to add to my everyday life. I’ve said this before but I think Black women find inspiration in each other because we don’t look the same. We have different looks and vibes…it’s consistently something unexpected. I love that we’re a community of women that supports and holds each other up when the rest of the world doesn’t.

The fashion world is vast but you don’t see all the Black women in fashion that are killing it. These women have insane personal style and can make anything look amazing. I’m awed at the risks they take with their looks.

Kahlana Barfield-Brown

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Dior dinner attire🖤 @dior @diormakeup

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As Fashion and Beauty Editor-At-Large at Instyle Magazine, Kahlana Barfield-Brown is in charge of letting us know what’s poppin with our faces and in our closets. Catch her vacationing it up with friends or on your favorite morning tv shows talking about the latest trends.


Kia Marie

I’ve been following Kia aka “Notorious KIA” on Youtube for a few years now and there isn’t anything she’s done that I didn’t like. Her latest video about her thrift store finds has me looking for the best time to go check out my local Goodwill and Salvation Army stores.


Elaine Welteroth

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Ok real talk, my heart is still on 💯 after Tuesday’s #GirlsTalkReal at @louandgrey in Flatiron. So much gratitude for every single one of the smart, creative, fly young women who came out to be a part of starting the kind of truthful dialogue that we don’t have enough. I’m genuinely grateful to have had the space to keep it all the way real and to go deeper than we ever get to go in “public.” As someone who has spent a decade crafting and asking questions for a living, I gotta give major props to @Ameohmy, whose interview game is so on point that her list of questions alone made me cry. They were the kinds of introspective questions we should ask each other and ourselves more often. Rather than focusing on the “WHAT,” we went IN on the “WHY.” Instead of “how’d you build/do X” or “what tips do you have on Y,” the meet up prompted a rich discussion that explored the importance of building an inner world that produces the wins that really matter—and that’s what we all should be after. Not just the shine, the glow up, the ‘likes,’ lewks, the titles and the superficial rewards. We took ‘em to church, extracting the essence of my WHY—which I hope we all spend more time considering rather than comparing our real lives to everyone else’s highlight reel. Thank you for hosting such a beautiful, moving moment in your beautiful space, #LouandGrey! 💫

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I throughly enjoy watching Elaine’s Instagram stories because she feels more like a friend in my head than “Auntie Elaine”. Her Boomerang’s are always on point and I’m trying to be like her when I grow up.


Shiona Turini

Shiona has probably styled some of your faves and you didn’t even know it. Her IG stories are hilarious and  her crop top game is heavy.


Courtney Quinn

Blogger of Color Me Courtney, she makes me happier because her whole being is  bright and colorful. I suggest reading her blog or doing a quick scroll of her Instagram page to get those “happy feelings” going.


Chrissy Rutherford

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Sunday tings in @marahoffman 😋

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Chrissy is the Senior Digital Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, one of my fave magazines. I feel like we’re one in the same where we’re young and poppin. The only difference is her #OOTD mirror Boomerangs are a bazillion times better than mine.


June Ambrose

Stylist June Ambrose has literally cultivated the most classic moments of the culture. From 90s plastic trash bag ensembles to getting JayZ out of his baggy clothes, I’ve been obsessed my entire life.


Ivy Coco

Ivy’s style is versatile: one day she’s chillin in jeans and a t-shirt, the next day she’s in Morocco wearing a breezy dress and sandals. Her aesthetic is laid back and relaxed. It’s clear she’s not taking herself too seriously.


Whose Instagram page leaves you feeling inspired in some kind of way?


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