Black Women Are The True Pioneers Of Acrylic Nails 

Think back to the moment when you got your first manicure or the time your mother gave you the okay to get acrylic nails. How did it make you feel? Powerful? Feminine? Grown up?

For most young Black women, getting our nails done is the ultimate act of self-love and care. And with the success of TV shows like Claws and Boss Nails, acrylic nails are having a beauty resurgence.

The modern acrylics we see today on influential stars, like Rihanna, Zendaya and Keke Palmer, are less than 70 years old. But it’s well-documented that Black women have been wearing artificial nails for decades — long before acrylics became mainstream.

Actually, you can thank a dentist named Frederick Slack Jr. for the invention of acrylics. In the 1950s, he broke his nail and used different chemicals and dental acrylics to create an artificial-looking nail to go over his old one. Of course, the trend trickled down to the African-American community and was very prominent in Hip-Hop culture in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

1966

Donyale Luna was the first Black model to appear on the cover of Vogue, and she sported acrylic nails in Twen Magazine in 1966.

1970s

Legendary singer and actress Diana Ross paired her signature red lip with red artificial nails. She soon swaped the long, round shapes she wore in the ‘70s for more of a square shape in the ‘80s. 

1979

Singer-songwriter Millie Jackson wore red talon-esque nails on the cover of her album A Moment’s Pleasure.

1980s

Olympic track star Florence Griffith-Joyner’s claws were often the topic of discussion, even more so than her athleticism. Having worked as a nail tech, Flo-Jo brought her skills to the track, wearing four-to-six inch acrylic nails.

1990s

Although many R&B stars wore long acrylic nails in the ‘90s, it was girl group SWV who was most known for it, especially lead singer Coko. As a young child, growing up in a religious home, Coko rebelliously began growing her nails long. By the time SWV hit the music scene, her curved nails often commanded more attention than her incredible voice.

1998

Janet Jackson embraced pierced acrylic nails in the ‘98 video for Busta Rhymes’ sensuous song, What’s It Gonna Be

Today, there are more than six different nail shapes, including almond, square, coffin, oval and, the increasingly popular, stiletto. Not to mention, today, nail art enthusiasts can glam their digits up with jewelry, rhinestones and different painting techniques.

This Article Was Originally Featured on Essence.com

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Girls’ Trip : New Orleans For Essence Festival

Essence Festival is the mother of all festivals its been going down since 94′ Its the official party with a purpose, and this year the legacy continued with four days of music, empowerment, community and entertainment.

Big names in the game like Queen Latifah , Jada Pinkett Smith , Larenz Tate , Issa Rae and more where in the building to inspire us. While Mary J. Blige , Diana Ross , Chance the Rapper , Xscape and more where there to keep us on our feet. It was truly an amazing experience.

It was alot of free experiences too that i didnt know about that im now kicking myself for but ill be back!

June 30 – July 5th we visited New Orleans for Essence Festival. We rented a guest house called Blue60 Guesthouse for our stay. This video is of our day to night adventures with my sister Kay and our friend Nikki. We really enjoyed our stay and we let our hair down – Nawlins was LIT! I filmed what i could but i definitely was indulging in the moment. Hope you like it

Fashion & Style 411 : OfficialCorporateChic

Known as the vintage influencer in corporate America, Mimi Irvin “aka” as OfficicalCorporateChic “aka” Ms. Houston Vintage 2016 is far from ordinary. Mrs. Mimi Irvin was born in Yokosuka, Japan and comes from a military background. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.

Initially, Mrs. Irvin went on a whim and started a fashion blog called Corporate Chic on Facebook to inspire women to think outside the box with their corporate fashion, while accomplishing it on budget. Mimi’s motto is “Dress the Part, Shop Smart”. Only within a couple of months after her “whim blogging” one of her social media confirmations of being a fashionista was being voted by many she didn’t’ known as the Vizions IN Fashion Online Contest Winner in 2013.

Aside from her corporate day job, Mimi Irvin is a vintage resale curator, vintage fashion influencer, stylist, and model. She has created a connection with people specifically women from all over just by showcasing her daily looks on social media. This has evolved into selling her love and passion for vintage on her online vintage fashion shop MeYe Label (pronounced MY Label).

Check out Mimi’s foxy interview with EG below

Question 1: So when’s the first time you fell in love with FASHION?

OCC: I honestly fell in love with fashion when I was about 4 years old. I saw Diana Ross perform in Central Park in New York on TV and her amazing style captivated me. Ever since then it’s been about sequin, color, glitter and just being unique.

Question 2: Do you have a signature STYLE?

OCC: My signature style would be anything sequin, but for the most part I am a Jumpsuit kind of gal.

Question 3: Who is your favorite DESIGNER?

OCC: I never was one to base style from brands or designers, however I love the details and classiness that CoCo Chanel possessed, and I really like Stell Jean

Question 4: Who is your current STYLE crush?

OCC: It’s a tie between Tracee Ellis Ross and Solange

Question 5: How do you pick the ensembles you display?

OCC: By ensembles are based on how I feel. Once I complete my hair and makeup in the morning, I can instantly vision what I want to wear.

Question 6: What are some of your favorite boutiques to get your fashionable pieces?

OCC: Lately I have been purchasing from AngelsVintageBoutique. She is a vintage resale boutique that sales on IG and through her website http://www.angelsvintageboutique.net I also shop local Houston Vintage Boutiques such as Leopard Lounge, Eado Vintage, and the Cottage Shop.

Dress the Part, Shop Smart
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