Black Creatives That Inspire Me

I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with, working with, meeting and befriending black creatives all across the spectrum since college. From models to content creators, photographers, and even personalities. It’s amazing to meet down-to-earth, talented, and passionate individuals that understand the process. These creatives continue to inspire, motivate, and stretch me to do my best and be my best. These creatives are a beast in their field and I aspire to be like them.



@atailoredstate | Model with Directions USA | Taylor has been featured on Vogue Italia and North Carolina Style Collectives. She has worked with brands like Belk, ABLE, Koester Company, and Dope On Arrival NYC just to name a few. My girl has also walked during New York Fashion Week. Taylor is also a social media specialist.


@jazmynbryan Muse and Jack of All Trades | Model & Actress with J Model Executives | Jazmyn has graced the runway of Greensboro Fashion Week and during The Face 5th Magazine launch. Not only is she a muse but Jazmyn is also a chef.

Devorah Story

@devorahstory | Model with Ursula Wiedmann Models | Devorah has modeled for Ashley Stewart, Curlbox, Jibri, and Rue107. She has landed national campaigns with Creme of Nature, which is on several billboards, and Aaron’s Furniture. Devorah has graced the cover of Plus Model Magazine and has walked for Full Figured Fashion Week. She is also a singer, vlogger, and fitness lover.

Content Creators

Melissa Cantey

@melissachanel Lifestyle Content Creator/ Blogger | Melissa is a Charlotte, NC based lifestyle content creator and blogger. She is the flyest content creator that can ROCK a pair of NIKE’s and still look chic. Melissa is the Chief Kicks Officer of Kicks and Fro’s, “which inspires black women to rock dope kicks and fly fro’s”. She has collaborated with brands such as H&R Block, Hallmark, Coravin, Olay, Lightbox Jewelry, JCPenny, Brahmin, the list goes on and on. Melissa is also the Head of Global Community & Communications at Cantu Beauty.



@_joyofmylife | YouTuber | Joyce is a YouTuber based in New York City. She is all things beauty and fashion. Joyce is a BEAUTY expert, I absolutely love her makeup vlogs that showcase makeup that looks amazing on women of color. Not only is she a vlogger but Joyce is also a software developer. Joyce has attended countless New York Fashion Week Shows as well as worked with several beauty and fashion brands.

site: YouTube


@venesajco | Content Creator | Venesa is a New York native who shares her experiences with fashion and beauty. She has collaborated with brands like GLAMGLOW, Auntie Jackie’s Curls & Coils, Brahmin, American Eagle, and Polaroid just to name a few. Not only is Venesa a content creator but she is the social editor at Refinery29, who keeps us updated on LIVE IGTV’s, empowering articles, and super cool collaborations.



@genuinely_aa | Style Influencer | Angelica is a North Carolina based style influencer who blogs about fashion, beauty, and travel. Her content is so refreshing as well as very informational. Thank you for creating content to help women look and feel their best. She is the QUEEN of sponsored content! Angelica has collaborated with brands like Clorox, Neutrogena, Michael Todd Beauty, Hallmark, Boutique Rugs, just to name a few. She has also attended New York Fashion Week.



@brittneyfhughes | Content Creator + Writer| Brittney is a FIT graduate and a fashion, lifestyle, and beauty expert. In my book, she is KNOWN as a skincare expert. Brittney has collaborated with brands like Victoria’s Secret PINK, Rent the Runway, College Fashionista, Material Girl, Sephora Collection, and Brahmin. Brittney is international as well!!!


Influencing In Color

@influencingincolor | Nikki, Meghan, Shay, Brandy | These women set the tone for black content creators, let alone ALL content creators. Influencing In Color are content creators based in Houston, Texas. They are a positive influence for women of ALL colors and they are committed to inclusion & diversity. These ladies have collaboratively partnered with my favorite brands like Brahmin, LoveShackFancy, Free People, Old Navy, Who What Wear Collection, the LIST goes on and on. Thank you for advocating for us!



Kayla J.

Ms.TalkThatTalk @_obeykaylaj | Radio Host | Kayla J. is a radio host at Foxy 99 “The Big Stick”. She recently conducted an interview with Rotimi from Power. Kayla J is co-founder of the Pain to Purpose movement which is THEE Movement of POWER-FULL women choosing to DIE to self in order to LIVE for Christ and the purpose He has given them. Not only is she fabulous but she is an accountability coach. Kayla J. is so positive and refreshing, it’s so inspiring!

Q. Mac

The Hostess with the Mostess @thereal_qmac | Quishauna specializes in entertainment and pop culture. My girl is a multimedia journalist, entertainment enthusiast, event host, and an on-air personality. She has media experience with BET, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and Revolt TV. Quishauna has interviewed Mona Scott Young, April Ryan, Tamika Mallory, and Reggie Rockstone. She created BrunchTalk radio show which is an entertainment segment on North Carolina Central’s Campus in 2019. The segment includes”Buzz Feed” entertainment news, “Word On The Streetz” political and local urban community news, and “Word on The Yard” upcoming events and information on North Carolina Central University.  

“To be notable and not famous” – Q. Mac


Beauty Brands

The Lip Bar

Founder Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar | Cosmetic| Flagship: Detroit, MI | I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Melissa in New York City. The Lip Bar is one of my favorite beauty brands. The products are vegan, cruelty-free, and inclusive for all skin tones. The Lip Bar was birthed out of the lack of representation in the beauty industry in 2012. The products have been featured on Elle, InStyle, WWD, ESSENCE, EBONY, and USA Today, just to name a few! The Lip Bar is currently using their platforms to educate the masses on racism, black-owned businesses, and beauty allyship.

Shop: and Target


Blush Essentials

Founder & CEO Ithiopia Meekeda of Blush Essentials | Durham, NC | Whipped, Handmade, and Natural Body Butters | Ithiopia is a young entrepreneur who specializes in natural products and ingredients. Blush Essentials officially launched in spring 2018. The brand is so unique because they have scented products with natural ingredients that are 100% handmade. Blush Essentials are suitable for all skin types includes sensitive and non- sensitive. The brand embraces a healthy and natural lifestyle and encourages the community to do so. Bestseller includes Let My Mango.

shop: and Available In Store At Exotique Boutique and Gallery



@maxresphoto | Portraiture. Graduation. | Based in Durham, NC | Vernon did my graduation photos in 2018, he was so much fun to work with. He brings so much energy and passion for photography. He specializes in natural light and flash photography both studio and on location.

“Capturing the best moments of life with you” – MaxRes



@pyro.__ | Fashion. Beauty. Concept. photographer | Marquise is a talented photographer who specializes in fashion, beauty, and concept. The way he captures images is amazing, you literally sense the emotion, creativity, and passion.

book: DM or email


Full Circle Media & Communications | Photographer and Videographer | I’ve known Charlee since college. She is literally such a talented photographer and videographer. Charlee’s work was featured on the cover of Expressions Magazine. She also produced and directed an award-winning short film called “The Promise”. Charlee has also filmed a few music videos and campaign videos. She also interviewed Issa Rae from Insecure. This girl does it ALL!


Follow. Support. Connect.

Surround yourself and support people that inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Use your gifts! I am so grateful to know naturally talented people.

Name a black creative that inspires you…

#BeYou #BeBeautiful #BeBlessed

Published by Lovely Shalom Joy

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