Beauty.

What defines beauty, and how does the nature of beauty change over time? What is the special allure of the stereotypical runway model in today’s society? These age old questions will never truly be measured or answered; however, when viewers witness the model image that we all adore, we witness a beauty that for the most part can not be described.

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“We just understand there are not a lot of opportunities in this community for jobs and there are not a lot of opportunities for young children and teenagers to see people that look like them succeeding in business. We wanted to bring that here,” Derrick Moore said to USA Today in his 2017 interview. Moore along with fellow Tennessee State University graduates, Clinton Gray and Emanuel Reed, launched their own Pizza Beeria in Nashville that same year. The restaurant was a huge hit locally, and took off to a point where they’ve already expanded before their second anniversary. The trio had a solid business plan, a knack for a good marketing strategy, and understood the importance of inclusion every step of the way.

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Few fashion designers can say they began their career by ripping up doll clothes. After sketching outfit ideas for most of her youth, Atlanta based designer Adorr Reynolds-Jessie started to sew at age thirteen by creating new designs for her first clients— her toy dolls. “I loved it so much that I would cut up old clothes of mine just to have more fabric options for my dolls,” she told Savannah College of Art and Design student magazine SCAN. “I knew then I was destined to design.”

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“What helped me through the tough times was projecting. Everybody was a hater in my mind and it had nothing to do with me. I didn’t take any of the tough times personally because I had faith that I would be able to do something undeniable,” said Alim Smith, also known as “YESTERDAYNITE.” Smith is a 29-year-old Delaware artist with a unique perspective. He defines himself as an afro-surrealist, a term coined by activist Amiri Baraka for someone who possess, “skill at creating an entirely different world organically connected to this one … the Black aesthetic in its actual contemporary and lived life.” He originally caught the attention of the internet through his portrayals of popular internet memes, but now much of his art focuses on black women, black culture, and iconic black figures.

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Moziah Bridges is a young, innovative, fashion-forward 11-year-old on his way to the top of the fashion industry. This young man has created a successful bow tie business that puts him in the same category as Ralph Lauren. Bridges started his reign as bow tie prince when, like many, he couldn’t find any bow ties that he fancied. “I really was a young, dapper man, and I couldn’t find any bow ties that I really liked,” he explained to Fox News about his start-up.

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Halima Aden is not afraid to be the first. Paving roads for Muslim models since her introduction in the 2016 Miss Minnesota USA pageant as the first contestant to wear a hijab and burkini, she now graces the cover of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The cover features Tyra Banks, the first African-American model to ever be featured on the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

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Comfortable in her own skin. Her flaws are purposely revealed on camera for the world to see, and her presentation includes no obvious filters.

I instantly noticed natural black hair with no real formation; pretty dark skin with an occasional trace of acne here and there, no body briefer or any direct restraint to make this black woman appear to be smaller and “in tact.” Instead you get a raw, authentic Nigerian-American woman who looks like someone you may know personally. The self-image that she displays is awe-inspiring, and conveys a message that she has all creative control.

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Moonchild’s fame began, quite literally, with a starry night. “We were just laying in the grass hanging out,” Andris Mattson, the Los Angeles based group’s keyboardist, synthetic bass player and trumpeter, says in a WBGO radio station interview. “It was someone’s backyard we were staying with and it was outside the city so you could sort of see a good chunk of stars. “You can’t really see stars in LA,” lead singer, tenor saxophonist and flutist Amber Narvan interjects.

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Fashion designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos are a dynamic  duo. Pilotto, half-Austrian and half-Italian, and De Vos, half-Belgian and half-Peruvian, have brought their design skills together to create a name for themselves on the international stage. Their empire grew fast, having only begun to receive greater recognition when they were cited as London guide’s Time Out magazine’s designers to watch in 2007.

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The undeniable link between graffiti and hip-hop is marked by the culture that was conceived in the Bronx in the 1970s. Since then hip-hop has matured into a prominent artistic culture in America that is arguably something completely different from how it began. Originally consisting of music, graffiti and breakdancing, hip-hop culture has created a platform for urban city dwellers to express themselves and voice their concerns about societal issues. Doze Green, graffiti artist and social commentator, is known as a legend of culture’s uprising.

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