Top 3 influential women of color in the fashion industry


Brands are increasingly enlisting influencers to help promote their wares on social media in a bid to appeal to new audiences and reach much higher numbers than would be possible through their own accounts. For fashion, Instagram is the playground of choice.

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Jessica C. Andrews

Digital Fashion Editor | Teen Vogue

In 2008, she co-founded GlamazonsBlog.com, a wildly popular style site, which received 2 million hits daily while on ESSENCE.com and is a part of the Mode Network. Featuring outfit posts, trend reports and celebrity interviews, Glamazons Blog has been recognized by Glamour, Essence, Ebony, iVillage and AOL. For Glamazon TV, Jessica has interviewed Joy Bryant, Kandi Burruss, Chrisette Michele, Letoya Luckett and more on camera.

A sought-after style connoisseur, Jessica has appeared on The Meredith Vieira Show, Good Morning America and Fox News for her fashion commentary. She was a featured panelist at the Mizani-sponsored "I Am Not My Hair" roundtable beside celebrity hairstylist, Keith Campbell. A fixture at Fashion Week, Jessica has reported on runway shows for various outlets, interviewing Kim Kardashian, Gabrielle Union, Solange Knowles and more from the front row. 

When she's not writing, Jessica enjoys volunteering with her church, Hilsong NYC, and spending time with her family in New Jersey.

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June Ambrose

Celebrity Fashion Stylist, Fashion Designer, TV Host

She’s a creative director, author, costume designer, celebrity stylist, #Rockmom and social media maven, who has forged a career thanks to her fierce and fearless spirit. And with over 1 million followers across her multiple social media platforms, June’s influence is more widespread than ever.

That fearlessness got Ambrose her start at Uptown/MCA Records, helped her kickoff a career in styling, and inspired her to create some of the most iconic images we’ve seen in hip-hop, fashion and beyond.

And now, with a career that spans over two decades Ambrose has left an indelible mark as a style architect who’s been able to touch music, television, design, lifestyle, publishing and social media.

As a celebrity stylist Ambrose was extremely influential during a time when the impact of hip-hop culture was yet to be fully felt. She successfully masterminded and created a narrative different than the one that society was telling.

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Bethann Hardison

Revolutionary Activist, Diversity Coalition founder, CFDA Award winner

Formed in 1984, the Bethann Management Agency focused on diversifying the fashion industry. Also, along with former model and friend Iman, Hardison co-founded the Black Girls Coalition in 1988 to provide advocacy and support to African American models. In 1996, Hardison turned her attention towards television where she co-executive produced television sitcoms “Between Brothers” and “Livin Large.” Hardison was also named Vogue Italia editor at large in 2010.

Hardison’s contributions in modeling and advocacy have earned her several awards throughout her career. In April of 1999, she was honored with the First Annual Vibe Style Lifetime Achievement Award. Later that year, the Magic Johnson Foundation presented Hardison with a Distinguished Service Award. The Black Alumni of the Pratt Institute honored Hardison with a 2003 Lifetime Achievement award. In 2012, she received a Woman of Power Legacy Award from Black Enterprise, and became a Frederick Douglass award recipient in 2013, for her work in promoting diversity in fashion.