How’s 2019 been treating you so far sis? It has been less than a month and we’ve consistently been seeing Black British women slaying in their industries. Keep reading to get into some #BlackGirlMagic
Let’s start with our CEO & Founder, Jamelia Donaldson.
2 weeks into 2019, Jamelia was featured on Forbes.com! In the article, she details her journey from becoming an employee to an employer and gives an honest and insightful account of the obstacles she faced and the challenges she overcame to create TreasureTress. Throughout the article, Jamelia drops some serious gems so if you need some inspiration, insight into starting a business or just a good read, check out the article here.
Stormzy was given the opportunity to invite friends to be included in the feature and these friends included 6 Black British women who are absolutely killing it.
Leomie Anderson, Jourdan Dunn and Yrsa Daley-Ward are 3 British models who take slaying to a whole new level. All 3 women have been very vocal about the difficulties black women face in their industry.
In the Elle feature, Jourdan Dunn states, “I’d turn up to castings that I really cared about, only to be told I didn’t get the show because they didn’t want to have a black girl in it.” Despite this setback, Dunn’s resilience and determination has secured campaigns with Calzedonia, Maybelline, Yves Saint Laurent and many more. You may also recognise her from Beyonce’s Yonce music video.
As well as being a model, Anderson is a campaigner and brand owner and had this to say about black women in the modelling industry :
“When I first started modelling you could go through a whole magazine without seeing any black girls, you could go to a casting and they’d tell you to your face there’s only space for one black girl, and I was told that that was normal, that other black girls were my competition.
My voice has always been something that I’ve known is one of my strengths. I spoke out because I didn’t want to feel like I’m less than another model just because of my skin colour.”
Alongside modelling, Yrsa Daley-Ward is a poet and writer who explores identity, race and mental health in her work. In her book, ‘The Terrible’, Daley-Ward details the power and powerlessness that young women are subject to.
Other women featured in the Elle article included, Britain’s fastest woman:
Dina Asher-Smith holding the British records in the 100 and 200 metres,
Temi Mwale, an activist who founded The 4Front Project to empower young people and their communities to live free from violence and
Tiana Major9, a singer/songwriter who Elle describes as ‘the sound of British soul’. Read the full article here.
The final Black British woman that we’ll be paying homage to for shutting January 2019 down is Michaela Coel. Coel is an actress, screenwriter, singer, songwriter, poet, and playwright and as of January 25th we’ll be able to watch her play the lead role in the Netflix Original series: Black Earth Rising.
4 weeks into the year and these Black women are inspiring us in the business, beauty, writing, and film industries! Have you set yourselves any goals for 2019? Let us know sis. If there are any other inspirational Black women who have started this year with a bang, shout them out! Like our sis Issa Rae said, we’re ‘rooting for everyone black’!