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8 Black Women Who Are Impacting The Fashion Industry

While we love to look back into history for inspiration, we take this moment to feature women making waves in the fashion industry TODAY!

Like a good friend has once told me, “Fashion History, is Black History.” From the likes of Diana Ross to the iconic Josephine Baker, Black women have consistently been an inspiration and adding a fresh aura to the fashion world. So today, we want to pay an ode to those icons while highlighting these modern female hustlers making their mark in fashion.

Jeanel Alvarado, Founder of Retailboss.inc

Photo courtesy of Jeanel Alvarado’s Instagram

Jeanel oversees and runs Retailboss.inc an online global community and network for retail entrepreneurs. She travels all over the world visiting manufactures, tradeshows and attending events to get her members the best information and tips possible on scaling their retail businesses. As a business consultant, she is always posting inspiring content and relative marketing strategies to share with her followers.

Kyanna Renee, Stylist

Photo Courtesy of Kyanna Renee’s Instagram

As a fashion stylist, she is constantly allowing her followers to see behind the scenes of her fashion projects. Her Instagram is often showing off her style, which is chic sophistication with a 90s inspired twist. Renee gained experience at StylePR, a celebrity fashion showroom after college, putting her on track into her stylist dreams. She has also worked side by side with some of the top celebrity stylists like KJ Moody who has styled Kelly Rowland and Beyonce. Renee is a stylist to keep an eye on.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner,

Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue

Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Peoples Wagner’s Instagram

Lindsay Peoples Wagner is the Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue and is a part of Forbes 30 under 30, making her the youngest editor in chief of a Conde Nast magazine. Needless to say, you’ve seen her work. She can use fashion as a means to discuss conversations about culture, race, and inclusivity. She started her fashion career in the closet of Teen Vogue while working several other jobs. She went on to add The Cut and Style.com to her resume. Wagner is pushing forward the conversations in fashion and showing how hard work does pay off.

Amanda Murray, Stylist

Photo Courtesy of Amanda Murray’s Instagram

Do you automatically think of luxury, architecture, color theory when you hear the word fashion? If so, Amanda Murray is the stylist you want to be following. Her Instagram is like an experience through her lavish closet. It is no surprise she’s been a stylist for Farfetched, an online luxury fashion retail platform. She shops for pieces from top brands such as Celine, Dries Van Noten, Prada, Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Rick Owens, and the list continues. Aside from being fashionable, Murray is also personable. She’s always giving her open opinion on runway shows, the climate of the fashion industry, and the lack of inclusion. This creates transparency for her fashion-loving followers.

Micayla Coquia, Model

Photo Courtesy of Micayla Coquia’s Instagram

Micayla is a Las Vegas-based model with such a versatile portfolio. From fitness to fashion she stands out with vibrant tones, strong beauty portraits, and athletic visuals. She isn’t only posting consistently, but her progression and growth in her artistry are also constant. Coquia inspires body regimen, often showcasing her body as the art form it truly is. Her athletic build sets her apart from the common fashion model type but doesn’t keep her from executing fashion looks with precision.

Dionne, Founder of Retail Noire

Photo courtesy of Dionne’s Instagram

Think of this list as an Instagram page focusing on black fashion designers specifically and that is exactly what RetailNoire is. The platform was created by Dionne, the woman behind @closetwhisperer and you could go on a major follow spree from the RetailNoire page. The fashion designers being featured all have vivid and attention grabbing visuals.

If you are in search of exquisitely designed pieces then look no further than Retail Noire.

Jai Nice, Founder of Kloset Envy

Photo courtesy of Jai Nice’s Instagram

With nearly 800 thousand followers this online store provides trendy and exclusively made pieces. If ever you found yourself loving Fashion Nova, but wanting to support Black business, this is the shop for you. From swimsuits and platform shoes to nighttime wear and casual there something for anyone who describes their style as daring and bold.

On the Instagram page, you will often find the creator Jai Nice showing off designs and behind the scene elements of the brand while serving face and B-O-D-Y.

Jae White, Founder of Issa Pop Up

Photo courtesy of Jae White’s Instagram

Can we even discuss fashion without discussing the art of thrifting? This online thrift store is filled with everything classy and chic, all pieces feeling modern and up to date. What’s truly so magical is the effortless looks curated by Jae White, A Bomb Muva.


The thrift store provides a mixture of vintage, designer and contemporary pieces in the style of slip dresses, blazers, power suits, luxurious fur coats, midi skirts, and dress pants, amongst shoes and accessories. A Bomb Muvas Thrift Shop even brings Issa Pop Up, collective shopping experience of multiple vendors, to buyers in the form of an event. This experience not only welcomes potential buyers, but also new vendors. We love a woman creating a platform for other women to make revenue.

This list is just a small collection of empowering women who are leaving their mark. We encourage you to visit their pages, seek inspiration, and get lost in all the beauty that is Black Girl Magic. Let us know, who are some of your faves?

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