We have friends that know about the situation that even came to me saying she [them] is LYING,” he continued. TikTok star Tony Lopez has been dropped by Bliss after he was accused of messaging underage girls on social media.According to a new report from Insider, the spa and beauty brand recently announced in a series of TikTok comments that they would no longer be working with the 21-year-old Hype House member.”We take these accusations seriously and will not work w/ Tony Lopez going forward,” Bliss wrote in response to a commenter who questioned their sponsorship of him. sorry it took me a bit to find the proof but the victim herself dmed me and said she was 15 at the time of him preying on her, please blow this shit up so we can strip this predator of a platform pic.twitter.com/tzhDJlMM0l— xavi (@kopcillaa) August 8, 2020 View this post on Instagram WTF ????? “I will provide screen shots when I get them.”Photo via TikTok / @TonyLopez “We’re committed to working w/ partners who uphold our brand values.” Last month, alleged screenshots of messages in which Tony appeared to solicit nudes from a 15-year-old girl surfaced online via Twitter and Instagram. 💀😭 A post shared by Tiktokroom 2.0 (@tikltokroom) on Jul 15, 2020 at 7:57pm PDT And while the controversial TikTok star has yet to address these allegations or Bliss’s decision, People noted in their report that Tony did speak up when his older brother and fellow influencer, Ondreaz Lopez, was accused of sexual assault.Back in June, a Twitter user named Al claimed that Ondreaz made them touch his genitals while they were sleeping in the same bed.”He wouldn’t let me pull away until I turned the other way around,” Al said, before adding that Ondreaz also continued to misgender them and use their dead name. That said, in his own statement, Tony defended his brother, writing, “Sexual assault is a very serious matter!!””This girl [them] that is claiming Ondreaz sexually assaulted her is lying. Subsequently, Ondreaz tweeted out a lengthy apology and response.
For respecting us and for having our backs. And though she’s still apparently unable to share details about the ongoing investigation, de Jager did upload a new YouTube video over the weekend to let people know that she’s doing “okay.”Related | NikkieTutorials and Fiancé Robbed at Gunpoint at Home”In these years, I got to do some of the most amazing things, but also shared my darkest days with you. “When is life gonna be like, ‘Okay, you’re good people, here’s some good things?'” Granted, as alluded to in the title of the video, the star went on say that makeup is her “therapy” — something that couldn’t be “taken away” from her. “So maybe, one day, I’ll be able to tell you everything. “I need to joke around to get over this,” she said as she began her Barbie doll-inspired makeup tutorial, even going so far as to joke that “not to prime… And I can tell you today is one of those dark days,” she began, before outlining the basics of what happened.”Having one of those worst nightmares come true is very surreal, but it also puts a lot of things in perspective. For giving us time. In life, the most important thing is health, family, and friendships,” she said. But right now, it’s impossible for my mental state.”As de Jager explained, the terrifying experience — compounded by recent news that a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer — has made the aftermath of this trauma all the more difficult to reckon with. That said, de Jager ended things on an uplifting note by thanking her fans for their outpouring of support.”I want to thank you for being there for us. “I am so beyond grateful to be able to sit in my studio today and film a brand new video for you guys like nothing happened.”Watch her entire video, below.Photo via Getty And being in good health is even more important,” she continued. “It’s like, when is it enough?” she said. is a crime” at one point. Now more than ever, you realize that family is everything. Nikkie de Jager, aka NikkieTutorials, has given fans an update on how she’s doing after she and her fiancé Dylan Drossaers were robbed at gunpoint.Earlier this month, the couple were held at gunpoint by three people during a break-in that occurred at their house in the Netherlands.
Suspecting that these issues could’ve been caused by her implants, Tisdale reveals that she made the decision last winter to undergo explant surgery in order to get them removed. She took the opportunity to spread the word about Breast Implant Illness. “Prior to the surgery, I constantly felt my body was less than, and thought this change would make me feel more whole and more secure about myself,” she explains. “I can’t say I’m the proudest of the choices I made in the past but I don’t regret it because it got me here today.”Photo via Getty/Dominik Bindl In what she describes as her “most personal post [she’s] ever shared,” Ashley Tisdale is opening up about her decision to get her breast implants removed.Tisdale, who’s previously been candid about her struggles with depression and anxiety, detailed the reasons why she initially decided to undergo breast enhancement surgery. RuPaul’s Drag Race Judge Michelle Visage revealed last year during the finale of Season 11 about getting hers removed, which she attributed to developing Hashimoto’s disease in her late twenties. Despite the fact that stigmas surrounding cosmetic surgery have gradually waned over the years as it becomes more commonplace and widespread, talking about it still remains largely taboo. “And for a short period of time…it did.”Related | How Ashley Tisdale Found Her VoiceShe goes on to say that after a while she began to notice minor health complications such as gut issues and food sensitivities that started to crop up. “This journey has been one of growth, self discovery, self acceptance and most importantly self-love,” Tisdale writes, going on to espouse the importance of living a “non-toxic life” and promote her newly launched health and wellness platform, Frenshe. Login • Instagram
Tisdale is one of many celebrities like Chrissy Tiegen, Yolanda Hadid and Ayesha Curry who have recently opened up about their decision to get their implants removed.
For the past few days, prominent TikTok users have been giving the metaphorical middle finger to their haters with the new “You think you can hurt my feelings?” challenge set to La Roux’s “Bulletproof.” “You think you can hurt my feelings?” he captioned the video. However, this past June, Westbrook returned with a new video alleging that she had been “manipulated” into making the video and placed the blame on “the poisonous lies that were fed to me by Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star”Related | Tati Westbrook Says Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star ‘Manipulated’ HerAnd though Charles has kept relatively silent amid all the buzz surrounding Westbrook’s latest tell-all, he did recently post a new TikTok that appeared to address the entire mess. James Charles is speaking out about last year’s Dramageddeon debacle with a little help from a new TikTok challenge.As you likely remember, the controversial YouTuber was called out by former mentor Tati Westbrook in her viral “Bye Sister” video, in which she claimed Charles had betrayed her and had made numerous sexual advances toward straight men. “I lost 3 million subscribers in one day and [was] cancelled over something I didn’t actually do.”That said, given the high-profile nature of the entire Dramaggedon saga, Charles’s take on the trend garnered a fair amount of online attention over the weekend — with many voicing their support for him in the comments. And while Westbrook, Dawson, and Star have yet to respond, in the meantime, you can watch his video for yourself, here.Photo via Getty
View this post on Instagram SUPREME VISION ⚡⚡⚡ Supreme®/Pat McGrath Labs Lipstick: MatteTrance™ hyper-pigmented lipstick in shade ‘SUPREME’ developed exclusively for @SupremeNewYork Fall/Winter 2020 — LINK IN BIO A post shared by Pat McGrath (@patmcgrathreal) on Aug 17, 2020 at 4:48am PDT Photos courtesy of Pat McGrath Labs The beauty world is about to welcome a new face to its ranks: Pat McGrath Labs is teaming up with Supreme for a new makeup collab.The collab consists of a single lipstick adorned with the signature chunky logo and characteristic gold lips that don Pat McGrath’s other products. The lipstick, featuring McGrath’s famous MatteTrance formula, will be available in ‘SUPREME,’ a bright and vibrant shade that references Supreme’s distinguished red.Related | SNATCHURAL How-To: Flawless Hair at HomeThis is not the first time that Supreme has joint forces with other notable brands throughout its 26-year history, having carried out collaborations with the likes of The North Face, Nike and Louis Vuitton, but this venture marks the company’s first foray into beauty.While we eagerly await for a release date (along with the imminent release of the brand’s Fall 2020 accessories drop), check out the Pat McGrath site for more updates on availability for the MatteTrance™ Lipstick Supreme.
August is officially National Black Business Month and PAPER is showing love to some of our favorite Black-owned businesses throughout the entire month. We’d love to partner with any retailers that will allow us to continue doing that.You are both the co-founder and CEO of Topicals. Claudia and I have made numerous connections with people with similar interests who believed in our mission. 75% of dermatology clinical trials are conducted on lighter skin tones, which results in a lack of understanding of how certain ingredients affect darker skin tones.Topicals is donating a percentage of profits to various mental health organizations. I also pray a lot. What other shelves would you like to see Topicals on?Our goal is to always be where our customers are. My father is also an entrepreneur who has launched several businesses. Why is it so important for you to give back?We’re all about building an inclusive community that has real and authentic discussions about skin. Stay tuned for more!Keep Olamide and Topicals Booked x Busy by following @MyTopicals and visiting www.mytopicals.com.Photos courtesy of Topicals Our dedicated series, Booked x Busy, is all about shining a light on the entrepreneurs and brands that embody Black excellence. How do you balance being a beauty boss?I lean on my amazing support system who always has my back. But that’s about to change thanks to Topicals, a skincare brand that wants Gen Z to embrace its flaws and is quickly becoming all the buzz when it comes to inclusive beauty.Recently launching its two signature products, Like Butter and Faded, Topicals’ clinically backed line is compatible with all skin tones and contains targeted formulas packed with key ingredients that address dry, stressed out, discolored and inflamed skin. Available online and at Nordstrom, the brand is not only transforming the taboo around imperfect skin, but it’s creating a community around authentic skincare conversations, too. I feel fortunate though to have the group of people supporting us that we do. They all either have hyperpigmentation or eczema.You’ve been able to already secure a major retail partnership at Nordstrom. What advice do you give to someone not feeling their best?At Topicals, we embrace that perfect skin doesn’t exist, that’s what makes it even more beautiful. What’s next for Topicals?You’ll continue to see us transform the way people feel about skin through products, experiences, and social impact. Why is Topicals deciding to upend that tradition in beauty? At Topicals, we like to say that “YOU make skin look good,” not the other way around.Can you both briefly share an experience you had with “bad” skin?Olamide Olowe: I have post-barbae folliculitis, which is another term for ingrown hairs. Claudia’s mom is one of the certified dermatologists behind the science of our products. It’s important to support one another especially during these times.As women of color, what does representation within the beauty industry mean to you?Growing up as women of color with skin conditions, we began to notice that many of the products didn’t serve us and our skin conditions. Having each other side-by-side with the same passion to change the way we look at and care for skin conditions has really helped us make this happen.What is it like to have a squad of influential Black women in the industry backing and believing in your vision?When Black women support Black women, magic happens! I’ve experienced the mental health effects of dealing with my own skin conditions and that’s why we’ve built a brand that encourages and supports those who may be experiencing the same thing — even if it’s not entirely related to skin.”We are creating a new kind of cool that’s rooted in empathy for yourself and others.”How did you come up with the names of your two hero products, Like Butter and Faded?Everything we do at Topicals is rooted in fun. By creating a community of people who buck the status quo, we are creating a new kind of cool that’s rooted in empathy for yourself and others.Fill in the blank: My Black is…DYNAMIC.Thanks to you, the world can love the skin it’s in. At Topicals, we’re about self-care and that includes taking care of your mental health. At 23, Olowe is the youngest Black woman ever to raise more than $2 million in venture capital funding. Login • Instagram
Topicals features real-life womxn in campaigns with their skin conditions on full display. I was turned down from over 100 different investors since I began reaching out back in August 2018 until I was able to secure the investors I have alongside me today. I also would skip out on sleepovers because I felt embarrassed about having to bring my topical steroids.”For women of color, there’s a huge lack of funding and resources to help jump start your business.”Can people without eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and other chronic skin conditions use your products?Yes, they can. This can be online, in-store or in a different country. And because chronic skin conditions can take a toll mental health due to society often associating them with embarrassment and shame, Topicals is donating 1% of profits to various mental health organizations; it’s already donated and partnered with groups like Sad Girls Club.Topicals is founded by Olamide Olowe and her bestie Claudia Teng. It was definitely no walk in the park, especially when it came to investors. Building a business is a very mentally taxing exercise, so meditating and praying help to keep me grounded.Related | Proper Gnar Is Proving That Black Girls Skate, TooSkin conditions can sometimes have a negative effect on our self-esteem. One in four Americans live with chronic skin conditions, like eczema, hyperpigmentation or psoriasis. Chronic skin conditions can often lead to serious mental health issues. Historically the skincare industry has not been inclusive, not only when it comes to representation but also when it comes to formulation. We’re all about celebrating and embracing our skin and its conditions. That’s why it’s important for us to showcase people with their skin conditions to change the idea that you need to have perfect, clear skin to feel beautiful and confident. Our ingredients generally help to improve your skin’s moisture barrier or brighten your skin tone so even if you don’t have a skin condition, you’ll enjoy using Topicals products.What are some of the challenges for starting a Black-owned business from scratch?For women of color, there’s a huge lack of funding and resources to help jump start your business. Who are some of your favorite celebrities you’d love to have get their hands on Topicals?I’d love to get Topicals in the hands of Yara Shahidi, Keke Palmer, Adele, Kerry Washington, Tia Mowry and Naomi Smalls. Chronic skin conditions have been way too serious for too long so when we were thinking about naming the products, we didn’t want to call out the skin conditions themselves, but rather focus on the experience that the product provides.What’s the inspiration behind the packaging?When you have a visible skin condition, you grow up using prescription products that are usually kept under your bathroom sink. I’m a voracious reader, so I always keep my finger on the pulse of cutting-edge research in the e-commerce, health and wellness industries to better create new and exciting experiences for our community. I’m so grateful to have the most influential Black women backing our vision to transform the way people feel about skin.Related | This Durag Designer Turns People Into SuperheroesWhat does it mean to be a Black-owned business, especially when the Black Lives Matter movement is getting so much attention?Our brand is all about being inclusive and listening to our community even when it’s not about skincare. We wanted to design products that you could showcase right alongside all of your favorite brands on your shelf, hence the bright packaging.You just hit the market. Teachers used to send notes home to my parents because they noticed I was more concerned with itching rather than interacting in class. With support and a co-sign from Hollywood cool kids like Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji and DJ Hannah Bronfman, Olowe and Topicals are in the skincare game for the long-haul.PAPER had a chance to kick it with Olowe to chat about what it’s like to be a young beauty boss, the power in creatives of color collaborating, and the importance of being the CEO of both a business and your life.Skin is something that often is glorified as having to be flawless. I’m the daughter of two Nigerian immigrants, so I don’t take the immense privilege I’ve been afforded for granted. It was important to me to have strong, Black women on our cap table, and we were able to do that.Where did you find the strength to take the leap and launch your own skincare company?Claudia and I have a great support system. I grew up very self-conscious about it so much so that I wasn’t comfortable wearing a swimsuit until my first year of college.Claudia Teng: Growing up I dealt with severe eczema to the point I was in and out of hospitals.
“As someone who likes to be artistic with makeup, that was something that instantly attracted me to the brand. Shiseido is parallel to art.”See Schafer’s Instagram post of praise for Shiseido, below. Euphoria’s Hunter Schafer is making waves in the beauty world. Login • Instagram
Photography: Bryan Huynh for PAPER On August 12, Shiseido Makeup announced Schafer as its newest global brand ambassador. “When I look at Shiseido, I see a level of artistic energy that is really unique,” Schafer said in a press release. Shiseido is about more than trying to look petty or appeal to a specific standard of beauty. “She really represents the current zeitgeist of beauty in that there are no rules, no boundaries, and no restrictions.”
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Schafer is most known for her role as Jules Vaughn, a transgender teen in the groundbreaking HBO show Euphoria. Apart from this role, Schafer is a highly accomplished artist, even being named finalist in the National YoungArts Foundation competition in 2017 while attending college, as well as walking on runways for brands like Dior, Rick Owens, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu and more.Related | Hunter Schafer: Leading the Charge for Femme RepresentationSchafer said accepting the brand ambassador offer was as easy a decision as it was fulfilling. The 21-year-old will make her first campaign appearance for an entirely new product from the brand in early 2021.”We are so thrilled to collaborate with someone as creative, expressive, and authentic as Hunter,” James Boehmer, Global Artistic Director for Shiseido Makeup, said in a press release.
This is not an everyday moment, but it’s my go-to glam hairstyle with humidity-proof bombshell curls. Related | Introducing ‘SNATCHURAL’ With Beauty Expert XOXOETHANI have naturally super curly hair and I love it, but sometimes I want a little more. If you have a different hair texture, this guide still works for you and shows how I blow out, straighten, clip my extensions in and curl my hair. Login • Instagram
Make sure to scroll down to see all the products I recommend and where to buy them. Hi Uglies…Today, I’m excited to share with you a comprehensive product guide on how to get SNATCHURAL hair. Stay glam,XOXOETHAN
I roll with the punches. A lot of people are bored and miserable and just want to make up shit all day. I’m used to it. Total value of the theft was $10,000, with an additional $30,000 in physical damages according to LAPD. Just take my advice and learn from me, guys,” he said. #PublicRecords pic.twitter.com/LIp0ucefSu— Good Citizen Records (@RecordsCitizen) July 22, 2020 And while the screenshot has been around since this past July, Star decided to finally hit back at the accusations on Sunday via a new upload called “Addressing RUMORS about me.” In the video, Star denied the rumors and continued to claim that 30,000 units of his then-unreleased concealer were stolen, amongst other things. “It is what it is.”Watch Star’s response for yourself, below.Photo via Getty “This is what 2020’s about. Jeffree Star is refuting rumors alleging that he faked a robbery that hit one of his warehouses last year.In April 2019, it was reported that the FBI was investigating a break-in by a group of black market thieves at one of the YouTuber’s facilities — an incident which led to the loss of $2.5 million worth of product. “It’s all so silly, but people really run with things, and I get it,” he said, before chalking the speculation up to online culture amid quarantine. It’s just shocking, the levels of things that people are believing now,” Star went on to say, before adding that the experience itself “was so horrifying and awful and scary.” “So for someone to minimize it, like it was a hoax or something, I was like… Related | Jeffree Star and the FBI Are Trying to Find Whoever Stole $2.5 Million in MakeupRecently though, a self-proclaimed public records sleuth called Good Citizen Records claimed to have procured an alleged document from the LAPD, which appeared to show that there were only $10,000 in losses and $30,000 in physical damage — something which has since led to online speculation that Star was lying about the scope of the robbery.Here is the last of the @JeffreeStar #Theft records.
Mentally it’s a whole other story.”Related | NikkieTutorials: Guiding the Next Generation“I’m writing this message for now to let you know that we are ‘okay’ and safe.” She ended saying, “Thank you for understanding as I take the next couple of days to myself.”
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Dutch news outlets initially reported that Nikkie’s home in Uden, Netherlands was invaded by at least three people, one of whom was suspected to have a gun.Tweets from Dutch police said someone in the house suffered “superficial injuries.”Photo via Getty “Dylan and myself got attacked but physically we’re okay. On Saturday, NikkieTutorials posted on Instagram that she and her fiancé Dylan were attacked and robbed.“Earlier today, one of my biggest nightmares became reality when we got robbed under gun point at our own home,” the beauty influencer wrote.
“People who do not wear makeup should not be coming out with makeup brands,” the since-deleted tweet read. Gay white boys swear they own the beauty community. Anyone should be able to secure their bag and it’s not up to me which brands people should or shouldn’t support,” he continued, explaining that he later learned Alicia’s collaboration was a skincare line. like make it make sense 🤡— Rubi🦋 (@Itsruby2222) August 6, 2020 ALICIA KEYS GOT THE BOYS MAD LMAOOOOOO James Charles needs to mind his tone deaf ass business. pic.twitter.com/wsWycuX53Q— Most Hated 💕 (@boujiebrincess1) August 6, 2020 Not only that, but YouTuber Kahlen Barry also echoed these sentiments by asking why “y’all always wanna shade Black women.” “But where is this energy for the other yt women that are coming out with makeup lines?” Kahlen continued, before directly calling out James and Manny in a later tweet.”I’m actually so annoyed,” he said. pic.twitter.com/qE4wWC03Xv— 𝔎𝔞𝔶 🖤 (@kaysopinions) August 6, 2020 How does manny and James Charles shade Alicia keys aka a black women for starting a makeup brand and at the same time say they are excited for Selena Gomez makeup company to start …. “But that’s just my opinion.”Manny also chimed in by asking his followers whether “anyone else [gets] slightly irritated when celebs come out with entire makeup lines? Cosmetics on a “lifestyle beauty” brand combining “an inclusive point of view, an authentic voice, and a line of skin-loving, dermatologist-developed, cruelty-free products.” And while most responded to the news with praise, James and fellow beauty vlogger Manny MUA apparently had some questions about Alicia’s new endeavor.Related | James Charles Responds to ‘Mugshot Challenge’ BacklashShortly after the announcement, James took to his Twitter to ask why Alicia — a longtime advocate for natural, makeup-free beauty — was partnering with e.l.f. Especially when those celebs don’t even wear makeup.”The vlogger then went on to explain to a fan that while he gets why “glam girls” like Rihanna and Kylie Jenner start their own beauty brands, he wasn’t sure why some other celebs were doing the same — a stance he doubled down on by writing, “I thought she didn’t wear makeup………” on TrendMood’s post about the line.see with rihanna and kylie i get it tho.. pic.twitter.com/iKotG6ehLy— tea sesh (@TeaSeshYT) August 6, 2020 In the wake of the backlash, James returned to Twitter on Thursday to post his apology to Alicia, writing that he “was bothered because many celebrities come into the beauty space as a cash grab without any actual passion and then leave.””it’s childish to indirect tweet someone & I am not the gatekeeper of makeup. “You’re REAL loud when disrespecting Black women but won’t dare raise your lips against a white woman doing the same thing ur trying to drag a Black woman for doing.”Kahlen Barry, who has called out Tana Mongeau for her racist micro-aggressions, now calls out James Charles and Manny Mua for allegedly coming for Alicia Keys new Beauty Brand. “This was my mistake and I should’ve read more before tweeting because literally who BETTER to talk about keeping your skin clear without makeup?” James added. they’re glam girls! but some other people im like HUH?!— Manny MUA (@MannyMua733) August 5, 2020 That said, it didn’t take long for people to criticize the double standards underlying James and Manny’s comments, especially considering their previous lack of criticism concerning similar lines from the likes of Selena Gomez and the D’Amelio sisters.Someone tell James Charles to stay the fuck out of black people business trying to subtly shade Alicia Keys especially since he profits off AAVE 😒— 🕊 (@jerryslovato) August 6, 2020 James Charles being loud as hell to subtweet Alicia keys but was quiet when little miss Charli and Dixie D’amelio announced their collaboration with Morphe, keep the same energy shishtar or shush! they wear makeup, they’re known for their makeup so i can see that…. “Regardless of my intention with my tweet, it ended up being a microaggression against someone I respect, so to @aliciakeys I owe a direct apology—I’m sorry.”Manny subsequently ended up tweeting out his own apology as well, writing that he gets “defensive of the beauty community because so many celebrities only come out with cosmetics lines as a cash grab.””But I shouldn’t have jumped the gun and regardless, I know I am not the be-all-end-all voice of makeup …anyone can create what they want to create! That’s the beauty of our community!” he said, before apologizing for “being so quick to make a judgment” and that “there is room and space for EVERYONE in this community.” See both of their apologies, below..@aliciakeys pic.twitter.com/zJHmNQLvWl— James Charles (@jamescharles) August 6, 2020 in regards to my tweet yesterday ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gO1CFNL2id— Manny MUA (@MannyMua733) August 6, 2020 Photos via Getty James Charles has apologized to Alicia Keys for a shady subtweet about her new beauty collaboration.On Wednesday, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter revealed that she would be partnering with e.l.f. Cosmetics.
She’s officially clinched her first major deal with Revlon as its newest global brand ambassador.Related | Megan Thee Stallion Was Made for ThisThe iconic “Hot Girl Summer” rapper posted the ambassador announcement on her Instagram, teasing big things to come. Login • Instagram
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Revlon’s official Instagram also posted the announcement, deeming it “Hot Girl news.”In an interview with Allure, Megan said she feels proud to be a Revlon ambassador.”I’ve loved Revlon products since I was a kid, and the company has a history that’s real close to my heart,” Megan said, referencing the 1970 casting of Black supermodel Naomi Sims in advertising, breaking barriers for American cosmetics companies. The lingerie brand made Megan the face of its #SavagexTheeStallion social media campaign, part of Savage x Summer, but quickly caught the attention of Rihanna for Savage x Fenty.After everything Megan has been through recently, the ambassador announcement is certainly something to celebrate. “To have the opportunity to be that role model and to champion real diversity is something that’s real special to me.”
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Megan has been a brand ambassador before, as a Savage x Fenty ambassador. She will continue to live the Hot Girl lifestyle, no matter what is thrown at her.Related | Megan Thee Stallion Fronts Savage x Fenty’s Summer Campaign”The whole concept of this campaign fits so well with the Hot Girl lifestyle; having fun, being confident, living your truth, and, most important, living boldly,” Megan said. Megan Thee Stallion is one of the most beloved and sought-after women in music, and now the public obsession has translated to the beauty world. “I’m so excited to for all of y’all to live bold with me,” Megan said in the post, featuring makeup she did herself.
How do you stay on top of being creative and developing new products for Lauren Napier Beauty?I believe you’ve got to stay ahead of trends, solve problems and have a passion for the beauty culture. Lauren Napier Beauty has landed on the shelves of some of the world’s most high-end retailers. Dedication and patience are the only way to be successful.Who from Black culture do you look up to? I am also inspired by those whose thoughts live eternally on the pages of literature, those whose art across the spectrum exists and is consumed for all to enjoy, and for the guys on the block and girls from around the way who are a visual feast, who set trends, create viral moments, have an unspoken dialect that moves this culture and all cultures. Which are some of your favorite products to use and wipe off using Lauren Napier Beauty products?There are so many amazing Black-owned beauty products out there. Login • Instagram
It’s so impressive that you are a Black-owned, female powered business. My hope is the industry becomes as representative and reflective of the people it wishes to entertain. Lauren Napier Beauty’s brand philosophy and beauty psychology resonates, knowing that gives me the thrill of a lifetime. I am bursting at the seams to introduce the next generation Lauren Napier Beauty products to the world. Today, Lauren Napier Beauty is retailed in 20+ countries.In five years, we will be exactly where we need to be, making a positive and powerful impact on the beauty world. Lauren Napier Beauty’s supply chain was impacted very early on and trickled into late spring. I am fully inspired by the past of my ancestors. Lauren Napier Beauty is already a success story. Our dedicated series, Booked x Busy, is all about shining a light on the entrepreneurs and brands that embody Black excellence.A trillion-dollar industry, Black women spend twice as much on their favorite skincare products than any other group and one brand top of their lists? NOT WEARING A MASK.What’s your morning beauty routine before you start your busy day?I use a Mario Badescu foaming cleanser, Dr. I am also gobsmacked by the connection I have with my consumers. What’s next for Lauren Napier Beauty? Rose Ingleton (a Black dermatologist) moisturizer and serum, Lauren Napier Beauty Body (coming soon!) and a rich lip treatment. Lauren Napier Beauty does that and our next generation products are even more exciting, effective and innovative.What does it mean to be a Black-owned business, especially when the Black Lives Matter movement is getting so much attention?It’s an honor to be highlighted with my contemporaries, we are hardworking and deserving of all the praise. Login • Instagram
When Napier’s not nourishing flawless faces, she is putting Black women first as the co-founder of Consider Something Better, an initiative that is challenging corporations to put their money where their mouth is by committing to economic equality for the next generation of Black women-led businesses.PAPER sat down with Lauren to chat all things skin, her journey from celebrity glam squad member to global entrepreneur and what it takes to keep being so fresh and so clean.You totally changed the beauty game with Lauren Napier Beauty. What I hope is that this is a perspective shift for beauty consumers and retailers. How does it feel to be the founder of an innovative skincare brand? I am tickled every time I see it in the press or in a hashtag. Fill in the blank: My Black is…Unwavering!The world is a little more flawless thanks to you. Another dream is to have a niche retail destination where skincare lovers’ shop and visit from across the globe.What is it like for a Black makeup artist today? Not only do I have unlimited admiration, but ultimate respect. If you told me five years ago, that I would become a selective recluse only leaving my house for food, I would have thought you were insane — but here we are! We work with the Foundation for the Handicapped, employing disabled adults, who are also at-risk workers. There was a time when I was often the only Black person in the makeup room. Where do you see Lauren Napier Beauty in the next five years? I launched my business with a tax refund and an American Express card. Developing a product is a long process that requires a lot of trial and tweaking. Login • Instagram
What business advice would you give to a younger Lauren?There is no one out there like you, embrace that. Which do you wish would just simply go away?Wearing a mask. They’ve even sent gifts to the warehouse and the DM’s are a constant source of inspiration. Black people are also luxury consumers, our shopping needs shouldn’t be relegated to the one shelf of ethnic beauty — we should be able to shop luxury brands that also speak to our luxury needs. Tell me a little about how you did it?It was important for me to create something innovative and develop a product that fills a space. Lauren Napier Beauty is a luxury brand because that is my life experience. The brand has built a cult-like following from luxe retailers and celebrity fans alike, including actress Gabrielle Union and comedian Leslie Jones. Some of my favorites include: Beneath Your Mask, Luvscrub, Get Hyper, Epara Skincare, Marie Hunter Beauty, Range Beauty, Hanahana Beauty, Mischo Beauty and so many more! I am so fortunate for Lauren Napier Beauty to have retailed at Net-A-Porter, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdale’s Middle East, Mecca Australia and Colette Paris. Lauren Napier Beauty.Founded by renowned celebrity makeup artist, Lauren Napier, the luxury skincare brand revolutionized the industry in 2014 with its environmentally friendly cleansing wipes. Stay tuned.Follow @LaurenNapierBeauty for flawless skin and keep Lauren Booked x Busy by visiting laurennapier.comPhotography: Rico Kinnard Yes, our businesses are Black-owned, but we create products that can be used by all. I was absolutely mesmerized by Joyce Beauty on a trip to Asia; I would love to partner with Joyce Beauty. I am so proud to be the founder of a brand that carries my namesake. We’ve had to pivot and change the operational needs, but I am forever grateful for Lauren Napier Beauty fans who were so patient and generous through the process. Do you feel that the industry is becoming more inclusive?The makeup industry can be very segregated. Why is it important for the luxury skincare and beauty industry to cater to and market to Black women and men?Black people are not a monolith. What’s your next dream partnership?I am exceptionally proud of the retail relationships that I’ve cultivated since my brand’s inception. You are audacious, industrious and fearless — don’t change. It’s important to cater to a group of people with a multi-trillion-dollar spending power and it’s important to address the skincare needs and concerns of people who are looking for a space to spend that speaks specifically to their needs and desires.You’ve always been an advocate for Black-owned businesses, especially Black female-owned brands. I am seeing more people of color in the room, that adds value to the entire operation. Packed with all-natural ingredients like chamomilla, aloe and cucumber, Lauren Napier Beauty products nourish and care for skin with a serum-like formula while simultaneously removing makeup, dirt and oil. It’s also important because Black women spend 9x more on beauty and skincare. My customers are the greatest!Which beauty trends are you head-over-heels for? Who inspires you?Where shall I begin? How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your business for better or worse?COVID-19 has been quite the challenge. In order for us to grow, scale and become competitive in the beauty world, Black-owned beauty brands must be given the same consideration as other brands. The next generation of Lauren Napier Beauty products are clean, gentle, luxurious and multi-purpose. August is officially National Black Business Month and PAPER is showing love to some of our favorite Black-owned businesses throughout the entire month.
If you can hold off a couple more days, FENTY Skin will officially launch July 31 with tags as low as $25-$35.To pass the time, look at these hilarious reactions from FENTY fans spiraling from the pre-order and resale prices.Y’all are not seeing heaven OMG #FentySkin pic.twitter.com/9Irv7Sr3j9— HOT-GRL (@mishelmuse) July 29, 2020
Fenty Skin keeps crashing and my order is already in the cart just waiting man LMAO. Related | Imagine the Power of Fenty SkinResellers have listed three START’R products online, including cleanser, toner/ serum hybrid and SPF moisturizer. #FentySkin pic.twitter.com/MpVvJEX1fd— kanye’s macbook pro (@balencianime) July 29, 2020
Me waiting for my Fenty Skin to arrive even though I just placed my order #FentySkin @fentyskin @sgarretteskin pic.twitter.com/IGezv6CfnZ— lo (@losquiat) July 29, 2020
Photo via Getty/ Samir Hussein/ WireImage Not to mention that when shopping resale beauty, there’s always a chance the product won’t be legit.I guess it should come as no surprise that people are taking this to such an extreme, considering Rih’s immediate Fenty Beauty success and the line’s endorsements from artists like Lil Nas X and A$AP Rocky, calling it a “new culture of skincare.”Still, FENTY Skin, created with a similar ethos to FENTY Beauty, is centered on inclusivity and the real Navy should know better than to market the products at exclusionary pricing. FENTY Skin, Rihanna’s highly anticipated takeover of the skincare world, officially launches on July 31, but the three initial products from her line are being listed on sites like eBay already — at ungodly prices. As seen on High Snobiety, screenshots show that the sets are selling for as much as $550, which is unfounded considering the products’ original prices are in the $30 range. #FentySkin pic.twitter.com/tvAg4DvYLY— Jas (@JasTayler) July 29, 2020
If I do all this waiting in the waiting line and find out everything is sold out by the time in, we’re going to TALK Mrs Fenty.
Her medium is her dreadlocks. What began as a whimsical outlet in her childhood has now blossomed into an ever-expanding platform for both creative expression and political activism. His words and comments about my work just made me feel stronger.”
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In the first image, Ky transforms her hair into a monogram reading “MJ” and shows off the Snapshot bag over her shoulder. The catch? Login • Instagram
Ky’s originality is paramount to her success, and it’s certainly not going unnoticed. For me, fashion is a way to express yourself, to show your emotions and to tell stories. Ivory Coast-based artist Laetitia Ky has been taking the TikTok world by storm with dazzling, other-worldly sculptures. Yesterday, the styling mastermind took a major step into the fashion world, fronting a collaboration with Marc Jacobs on Instagram. This is why I have dreads as well. Next, the visionary utilizes wire to reconstruct her dreads in the shape of a dog, which happens to be happily sitting inside the label’s signature tote bag.In the last shot, she crafts a giant, show-stopping arm that curves out of the top of her head and casually holds the Quilted Softshot bag with two fingers.”I always been a big fashion lover since forever,” she says. I feel like I have a lot of things to say and express through it, too!”Head over to Laetitia Ky’s Instagram to keep up with her larger-than-life creations.Photos via Instagram She’s inspired by the world around her, posting creations including a silhouette of the female body to celebrate womanhood and a fist of hope in support of the Black Lives Matter protests. In the three posts, Ky shows off her artistic flair alongside three of the American fashion designer’s most coveted accessories. And when you have the chance to create freely, it is always a pure time of joy. I love being able to celebrate Black beauty. “I loved the fact that the brand let me create without any limitations or restrictions,” she tells PAPER. I also loved how Marc Jacobs himself was so nice and encouraging and commenting on my page after he saw the result. “But for the last few years I’ve learned to really embrace my African roots. “They wanted me to feel free to be super creative with the hair sculptures.