Because his images display that of a statuesque gentleman with striking features, it’s almost hard to believe Hyun Han Min is only 16-Years-Old.

Min is making history as the first ever Korean-African model!

According to Vogue, the teen was born to a Korean mother and Nigerian father who met in Itaewon, a  neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea, while working in trade.

Han only began modeling last year, after an agency found him on Instagram and arranged a meeting. “We met in Itaewon, actually, at Holly’s coffee shop,” he recalls. “They had me walk there; I walked, and the moment they saw me move, they signed me.” Where most Korean models go through a rigorous training system, he is entirely self-taught, having watched YouTube videos to learn how to stride. 

“Because my skin is different, some designers and brands won’t really use me,” he says. “But rather than leaving, I want to work harder—being Han Hyun Min and building my own unique charm is important to me.”

 

Read Vogue’s entire article on Hyun Min here

A popular Youtuber is also an Instagram sensation, thanks to her youthful beauty and the flawless beauty of her  daughters. Visiting Kienya Booker’s Instagram for the first time, you’ll wonder who’s the mom!

Peep a few of their photos below!

 

#meandmygirls #mysquad ❤️️❤️️💕#motherdaughter @kaay.s_ @koliieya.s

A photo posted by Kienya Booker (@kienyabooker) on

In case you’re wondering who the mom is…

In love with this #kinkyhair ❤️ @kinkistryhair

A photo posted by Kienya Booker (@kienyabooker) on

If you look up “Melanin Goddess” in the dictionary, I’m convinced Khoudia Diop,’s image would be featured as the defining example. This stunning 19-year-old has been turning heads for quite some time, since her Instagram popularity. Now, the native of Senegal who is now living in NYC is becoming one of the industry’s hottest modeling sensations, thanks to her angelic face and gorgeous skin tone.

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It wasn’t all love for the model back in the early days. According to Daily Mail, Diop was bullied as a child for her skin tone.

“I used to face up to bullies by confronting them. Now, I prefer not pay attention to negativity and focus on learning to ‘love myself more every day”, she tells Dail Mail.

She still gets negative comments about her skin tone now, especially online.

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I have this feeling that this beauty’s confidence will knock all the haters down like dominos.

Kiop has been modeling for two years since her Instagram blowuptuism. She currently has over 220,000 followers.

FOLLOW HER!

 

Remember the disaster of a hairstyle onThe Today Show’ done by guest beauty expert, Deepica Mutyala?

Well, I guess with all the criticism Deepica has faced, she’s reached out to some natural-haired sistahs to help get her RIGHT TOGETHER! The thing I love about this video you’re about to watch is Deepica’s transparency and eagerness to learn about black women’s natural hair. She admitted that she didn’t know much about our hair and without being harsh, the natural-haired beauties shared their wisdom and personal experiences with their hair.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the model whose hair Deepica messed ALL THE WAY up on ‘The Today Show’. How cute was it for her to get revenge by creating the “hairstyle” Deepica did for her on national television?!

 

Imagine being a hair model on national television…
Imagine walking into the studio with your near-perfect hairdo…
Now imagine your hairdo practically ruined by the visiting hair stylist….LIVE ON THE AIR!

That’s exactly what happened during a segment on Thursday’s ‘The Today Show’.

Hair expert, Deepica Mutyala , was utilizing her skills by giving trendy hairstyle tutorials in one minute or less. Things were going well until she got to the black model, whose hair was already perfect!

Press play below to see the outcome!

Chile’, that “expert” took that model’s curls and turned them into some lopsided ponytail, complete with a bird’s nest as a bang! I’m assuming producers didn’t suggest the expert to go over the models’ hair before going live, because she’s an “expert”!

ANYWAY!

Mutyala CLEARLY struggled with that black model’s hair, which only proves that all hair experts do not have the knowledge of how black hair works. Did you see the look of concern on that model’s face??? Her one-minute Summer hair looked like she ran through a tornado!

Savannah Guthrie saw what we all saw and subtly let the country know that the expert tried by saying, “it helps that the model’s gorgeous”.

Bless that expert’s heart!

Leave it to Ms Angela Bassett to come through for the darker-skinned women, who has limited choices in skin care!

Via Black America Web:

The actress has teamed up with Dr. Barbara Sturm, her friend and a well-known skincare expert, to launch a skin-care line that addresses the specific needs of women with darker complexions. Bassett has struggled with skin issues herself, she told WWD. Initially, she used Sturm’s original line to treat her breakouts and irritations, but she realized it didn’t address skin issues that darker women deal with, such as hyperpigmentation. That’s when they decided to extend the line and after two years of research, Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm came into reality.

Hyperpigmentation is characterized by a darkening of an area of skin caused by the overproduction of a pigment in the skin known as melanin.

Hyperpigmentation is the result of either of two occurrences: an abnormally high concentration of melanocytes produce melanin or when melanocytes are hyperactive. For instance, sun exposure stimulates the production of melanin. Although it can affect anyone, this condition is more prevalent among African-Americans and those of Latin descent.

Hyperpigmentation can affect any part of the body including the face, hands, and neck.

Bassett said that she wants to bring more awareness to skin care and for people, “to see what is good for it and ingredients that are helpful — not invasive or irritating. I like them to be pleased when they look in the mirror, to feel good about themselves and the condition of their complexion.” Read more here.

I’m not talking about an actual garden.

I’m referring to your spiritual garden, your emotional garden, and your mental garden.

You ever wonder why you feel less of a person or unhappy when you give your all, but everything you give doesn’t get reciprocated?

You ever feel the need to be “Superwoman” in all aspects of your life so that you can be liked, loved, and appreciated by others?

Do you ever compare your life to others and feel down because you haven’t reached the success that they have?

If you’ve experienced any or all these things, well honey…you are  using your water  for other people’s gardens to bloom while your garden withers.  You use so much water that you don’t leave enough for your own garden.

You have to realize that you are just as special and important as anyone else. You have a purpose in life and when you fill your cup with self-care, self- awareness, and self-love, your cup will overflow with blessings.

Your garden nourishes your soul when you water it. As your garden blooms, so does your spirit, which leaves you to look at life with a more positive outlook.

Take care of YOU first, because who’s going to look out for you better than yourself?

We get so used to watering the gardens of others that we forget that we planted the seeds for ours. We neglect our garden to make sure everyone else’s bloom. How will you ever know how beautiful your garden could be if you don’t take care of it?

From this moment on, I want you to take a look at your garden and see what needs to be done. Are there self-defeating weeds you need to pull? What about self-doubting buds that didn’t make it? Or those pesky low self-esteem stems with missing petals? Remove them all, water it, and turn your garden into a beautiful bed of flowers and roses like you know it could be.

This is my daughter

As I watch her grow into a young lady, I stay mindful to not use insensitive words that will make her question her choice in attire or how she wears her hair.

My daughter is beautiful and she expresses her individuality with her fashion sense. I’ve acknowledged that she’s at an age where her looks and impressing others are important to her. So as her mother, I encourage her to continue to express her individuality, but it’s also important for me to tell her as much as I can remember that she’s beautiful.

When I took this photo of her, I had to plead with her to “show her teeth” because she has  lovely smile. She didn’t want to because, in her words, she doesn’t like her teeth. I consider her inability to form a bigger smile as a small sign of being self-conscious. She worries about what others make think of her smile when in fact, there’s nothing wrong with it.  I now worry that her being self-conscious will become deeper as she gets older. I’m convinced she’ll pressure herself to keep up with popular trends with her friends.

There’s also the influence of the so-called beauty industry and the young girls who soak up all the beauty standard garbage, brainwashing them into thinking they’re not good enough, or pretty enough, or light enough, or dark enough, or skinny enough, or even thick enough. It’s no wonder there are so many horror stories of women becoming disfigured or worse…dying from illegal butt injections, breast implants, etc. Black women are bleaching their skin to make their ebony dark skin lighter, so they can be “prettier”.  According to The Wip, in Nigeria 77% of women are reported to use skin lightening products on a regular basis, the highest amount in Africa. According to The Huffington Post, Dr. Margaret Hunter, head of the Sociology Department at Mills College, has seen the popularity of bleaching creams surge in recent years. “Skin bleaching is a growing phenomenon around the world and it’s becoming a bigger business,” she says. “Now it’s a multi-billion dollar business and all the biggest cosmetic companies sell products that are supposed to lighten your skin.” While you won’t find many products in the U.S. that blatantly promise to bleach or whiten skin, Dr. Hunter says they are commonplace in other parts of the world. “They’re popular throughout many African countries, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, India, Philippines, and Japan.

That’s why it’s so important to tell our little girls how beautiful they are the moment they come out of the womb. They are a part of a world that is constantly telling then that they aren’t. From the beauty industry to mainstream media, even music and television, they are constantly bombarded with images that will blatantly downplay and disregard Black Beauty. That’s why I’m thankful for publications like Ebony and Essence that’ll remind us that we are indeed beautiful in any shade and shape. I appreciate documentaries like Dark Girls that sheds light on the self-hate our girls develop which is a seemingly common issue in the black communities. Kudos to the authors who specialize in writing about the importance of loving ourselves and embracing our uniqueness.

Tell your little girl she’s beautiful today.

 

Ebony is introducing some of the fashion industry’s successful black models, as they grace the cover for September’s issue. It’s so refreshing to see different shades of beautiful black skin, including an albino. Winnie Harlow, the vitiligoed beauty, is known for her courage, her self-confidence, and her role in changing the beauty standards in the hardcore industry of fashion. I admire her for not letting her abnormality deter her from living her dream. AND BABYGIRL IS FIERCE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA!

This is a collector’s edition, for sure!

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