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Inaugural black beauty festival proves a success

SUCCESS: Panelists including Naomi Oni, Curlture's Jay and The Receipts' Tolly T at the inaugural Shades of Beauty LIVE event

A BRAND new hair and beauty show hailed as the UK’s first ‘Black Beautycon’ hosted a hugely successful two day expo at London’s iconic Lindley Hall last weekend.

Celebrating the diversity of women of colour with the launch of their #MyShadeMatters campaign were some of the most influential figures in the beauty industry including Vogue’s Contributing Editor, Funmi Fetto, Sharmadean Reid MBE and body positivity ambassador and author, The Slumflower (Chidera Eggerue).

Challenging the widespread homogenised notion and lack of diverse representation of black women, Shades of Beauty Live celebrated real women of different complexions and sizes in a visual campaign to empower those often marginalised by mainstream media and society in general.

Around 2,000 fans, beauty enthusiasts, influencers and micro bloggers attended the event ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival to meet online idols in beauty and hair and engage with their favourite brands known for catering to women of colour.

Highlights of the event included live interactive workshops including a hair workshop led by celebrity stylist Kevin Shanti who received online acclamation from presenter Maya Jama for his colourful unicorn lace wig creation on popular influencer Mariam Musa.

Shades of Beauty Live Co-founder Christina Adesina said: “So often we are fed images of the quintessential woman of colour who is usually very slim, has a caramel complexion and loose curly hair. This sends a detrimental message to young girls and women who do not fit that ideal. I want my young dark skinned daughter with 4C hair to love the skin she is in and know that she is beautiful, hence #myshadematters.”

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