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

Advertisements

She’s GLOWING : Janet Jackson Officially Announces Her Pregnancy & Shows Off Her Baby Bump!

14612610_1328759363831293_1567463711182441301_o

The 50-year-old music icon said, “We thank God for our blessing” and snapped a gorgeous photo of her baby bump.

This will be the first child for Janet and her husband, Wissam Al Mana.

I wish her a happy and healthy pregnancy.

She looks beautiful and is GLOWING.

Janet Jackson Steps Out with Her Baby Bump

janet_jackson_front

Janet Jackson made a rare public appearance out and about in London — and it’s the first time anyone’s gotten a glimpse of her growing baby bump.

via ET:

ET was the first to report back in May that the 50-year-old singer is pregnant with her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana, and only ET has these exclusive new photos taken Tuesday afternoon, when she was spotted out and about in London with a visible baby bump. Jackson, who is rarely photographed in public, was seen leaving the baby furniture store Back In Action wearing sneakers, dark sweatpants, a black sweater and a matching scarf and headband.

An eyewitness tells ET that Jackson arrived at the store in a chauffeured black Mercedes along with her bodyguard, her assistant and two others from her entourage. Jackson was greeted by staff, who shut the doors for her visit and seated her at a table to seemingly go over some of their merchandise. According to the eyewitness, she also strolled the store and took an interest in one of the prams.

B.E.T Awards 2015 : My Fashion Favorites

Screenshot_2015-06-28-19-29-43-1

Naturi Naughton

rs_634x1024-150628160335-634.AngelaSImmons-jmd-062815-1

Angela Simmons

rs_634x1024-150628164736-634.JMonae-jmd-062815

Janelle Monae

rs_634x1024-150628170313-634.Kendrick-Lamar-BET-Awrads.jl_.062815

Kendrick Lamar

11666141_1724649957779395_1681003968256317155_n

Monica

11143381_10155859592425372_6390110539787159228_n

Monica and Keyshia Cole

rs_634x1024-150628174641-634.EvaMarcelle-jmd-062815

Eva Marcelle

10405335_1724986567745734_7728656379813173838_n

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson received the first-ever Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award at the 2015 BET Awards, and on hand to tribute the legendary entertainer were Tinashe, Jason Derulo and Ciara. Everyone did good but Ciara came for blood!

11709226_892358937486176_8826548039886526922_n

Favorite moment of the night was the Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Reunion took stage. Puffy , Faith Evans , The Lox , 112 and The Queen Bee Lil Kim had me so hyped when they hit the stage it took me back to my jr. High and high school days. Lil Kim’s entrance made the performance GRAND…her energy lit the stage on fire.

ALL IMAGES ON WWW.ECCENTRICGLOW.COM ARE READILY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AND BELIEVE TO BE IN PUBLIC DOMAIN. IMAGES POSTED ARE BELIEVED TO BE PUBLISHED ACCORDING TO THE U.S COPYRIGHT FAIR USE ACT(TITLE 17,U.S. CODE.). COPYRIGHT ® 2006-2015 ECCENTRIC GLOW LLC. ® 2006-2015 ALL TEXT HEREIN IS PROPERTY OF THE AUTHOR AND MAY NOT BE COPIED OR REPRODUCED WITHOUT EXPLICIT PERMISSION.