We love International Women's Day. Seeing our feeds full of intelligent, beautiful, talented women building each other up is always a joy. This year we are celebrating some inspiring black women from our home shores.
1. Vinna - Curly Treats Fest
Recently awarded 'Best Influencer' at the Black Beauty and Fashion Awards (BBFA) ceremony, Vinna is revolutionising the black hair care industry through her inclusive and ground breaking events. She is the founder of Curly Treats Festival (formerly Natural Hair Week) which celebrates natural hair and beauty.
2 & 3. Jay & Tri - Curlture/KINK
We're so impressed by how much this duo have achieved since launching their platform just a few years ago. They are fantastic at championing and supporting the black community. Through poetry and images, their book Kink celebrates the beauty of black women that is so often ignored by mainstream media.
Jade curates wonderful experiences in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. She does this by encouraging sustainable and responsible volunteering and tourism via V2 Volunteers. Through Divas in Paradise she also organising group trips that allow women from all over the world to lift each other up and create memories together.
Jamelia won the BBFA Beauty Entrepreneur award for her company Treasure Tress which delivers new products for women to try every month. She also runs the Teen Experience with Simone Powderly to empower and connect young women.
6 & 7. Natalie & Melissa - BGBC
The women behind BGBC have built a sisterhood for book loving intellectuals. They have created safe spaces in the form of brunches, movie screenings and Dope Discussions at the Palace of Westminster where black women can connect, vent and have a good time.
8. Tobi - Black Ballad
Co-Founder of Black Ballad, Tobi is changing the media industry for the better. Through Black Ballad she ensures that the holistic needs of black women are addressed. Her weekly newsletters are always a good read too.
9. Ronke - Ariatu PR
When you talk PR the name that always comes up is Ronke, not only does she demonstrate excellence in her field but she gives back with regular talks, blogs and videos which offer real value for those starting up a business.
One of the original UK hair bloggers. Not only has Shannon also released a book to help those transitioning to healthy natural hair, but she also runs an online shop — O So Curly — supplying hair accessories.
Who are the women that inspire you? Let them know, we're sure you'll make their day.