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.


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


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. 


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


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.


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.


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.

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Who Wore It Better?! Rihanna vs. Trina

The dopest shades of the season come courtesy of Dolce Gabbana , these oversized Spring 2018 crystal embellished D&G frames have been spied on Rihanna and Trina.

Rihanna rocked hers with Fenty Beauty’s red Stunna Lip Paint

While Trina accessorized with lots of bling, nude lips and bold red hair.

Both ladies looked 🔥 but tell us…who wore them better?!

SZA Is The New Model For Fenty Beauty

The Grammy-nominated artist popped up on the Instagram for Rihanna’s beauty line.

Shade: #MIDNIGHTWASABI. | Hold your wigs! #MATTEMOISELLE comin’ 12/26.

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On Tuesday, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line announced Mattemoiselle, a new line of lipsticks. This evening, the Fenty Beauty Instagram account shared a portrait of SZA modelling one of the new shades. Check out the photo above. Rihanna previously collaborated with SZA on “Consideration,” a song from 2015’s ANTI.

SZA debut album Ctrl have five nominations at the 2018 Grammys, the most of any woman this year.

Fenty Beauty’s New Lip Paint Goes On Sale Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving day as we sit around the table sharing all the amazing things we are thankful for in life, we can go ahead and add Fenty Beauty to the list of things we want this season because their lip paint “STUNNA” will finally be released on November 23, 2017 at 12am.

The packaging is popping,Ive seen the Barbabos beauty herself apply it with ease and  let’s just say we are already obsessed with this fierce red and can wait to “slay” with Stunna this holiday season! 

The new longwear lip paint can be found at Fenty Beauty  for $24. 

Met Gala 2017 Red Carpet Arrivals

The theme for this year is “Commes Des Garçons”

Lala Anthony wearing Thai Nguyen Ateluer 🔥

Priyanka Chopra is GIVING me life in this Ralph Lauren get up 🎯🎯🎯

Cassie and Diddy

Traci Ellis Ross

Okay sis! Solange is all bundled up for the Met Gala 👑👑👑👑 She definitely nailed the theme!

Zoe Kravitz in Oscar De La Renta ✔✔

Hailey Baldwin in House Of Herrera ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rita Ora HAS ARRIVED! Yassss 👑👑👑 Slaying in Marchesa of course

Rihanna tho 🔫🔫🔫

Zendaya is mind blowin

Mary J. Blige 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Kendu who?

My GOODNESS 🙌🙌🙌🙌 Janelle Monae

Rihanna Gets Artistic for Paper Magazine




Rihanna’s style has always been to die for (well not die for but yall get it). She always keeps us guessing, especially when it comes to fashion, her spread in Paper magazine is no different. She’s giving us some real 90s punk rock in these pics, and I’m in love with the whole artsy vibe.




Paper Magazine can be purchased on March 6.


A bad gal becomes a queen.

Via CR Fashion Book
In order to understand why Rihanna is the perfect cover star for our Fall/Winter issue, our ninth edition, you must understand the issue’s theme. CR 9 is entirely dedicated to one of history’s most controversial and misunderstood heroines: Marie Antoinette. In fact, her most famous quote, “let them eat cake,” was never actually uttered by the Queen and has, over time, been attributed to her by mistake. It was this lack of understanding, as much as her notoriously over-the-top personal style, that moved Carine.


“I wanted to show that she is not just a villain to be despised or a muse to be channeled,” says Carine. “She is neither, actually. She is a prototype for contemporary fame, body, beauty, celebrity, and femininity. Everything done by her and to her has influenced society’s concept of womanhood, for better or worse.” Looking at the life and times of Marie Antoinette, we begin to see parallels between her and the female celebrities of today. Who besides our modern pop stars are followed with more obsession and desire? Rihanna is beloved while Marie Antoinette was not, but she shares with the Queen an unapologetic attitude that inspires and fascinates. She says what she wants, smokes what she wants, and wears what she wants, making her an icon of authenticity in an era of calculated, pre-baked fame.


For our cover, Carine and Terry Richardson reimagined Rihanna as a modern-day Marie Antoinette. And there couldn’t be anyone more fit for this role of the disparaged yet deeply compelling Queen. “In this issue, I wanted to capture that sense of attraction and repulsion: the fantasy of glamour but also the poison and prison of femininity and society,” Carine explains. “The magazine is crafted around key elements of her [Marie Antoinette’s] life—her exuberant sense of fashion, her elaborate hairdos, her intense sexuality—almost like a modern biography through fashion imagery. And on the cover is Rihanna, who shares with Marie Antoinette an air of royalty that I, and the world it seems, find intoxicating.”

The physical copy of CR Fashion Book will be out September 15 , 2016

Photograph : Terry Richardson
Fashion : Carine Roitfeld
Words: Ray Siegel