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8 Powerful Women in Fashion

Aurora James (@aurorajames): Aurora is the founder and creative director of Brother Vellies, a luxury footwear and accessories brand inspired by global traditional cultural style.

She is also a CFDA-award winning designer and a champion for diversity and sustainability in the fashion industry.




Noona Smith-Petersen (@noonasmithpetersen): Noona is an amazing fashion designer and stylist from London. Her work is inspired by traditional African and Caribbean culture, and she has styled some of the biggest names in music and fashion.


Maki Oh (@maki_oh): Maki is a Nigerian fashion designer and the founder of her eponymous fashion label. She is known for her modern take on traditional African dress and her commitment to sustainability in fashion.


Aurora Lopez-Gonzalez (@auroralopezgonzalez): Aurora is an emerging designer from New York who is creating unique and eye-catching garments that are inspired by her Mexican heritage. She is passionate about creating pieces that celebrate and empower people of color.


Bethann Hardison (@bethannhardison): Bethann is a legendary model, activist, and former model agent who has been advocating for diversity in fashion for decades. She is the founder of the Diversity Coalition, an organization that works to promote diversity in fashion.


Sherifa Gayle (@black.n.ugly): Sherifa breathes life into the African diasporic community at the visionary behind the brand, Black N Ugly Clothing (BU). Gayle, a certified Harlem girl, draws inspiration for her creations from her environment which helped cultivate her eye for design and her love of fashion. The audacity of individuality and cutting-edge energy that is Harlem style pulsates through each of the wares she produces. www.blacknugly.com


TyLynn Nguyen (@tylynnnguyen): TyLynn is a model, designer, and entrepreneur from Los Angeles. She is the founder of the luxury lingerie brand, Boudoir Queen, and is committed to creating lingerie for all body types.


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