Dominique Silver. Trans. Model. Jet-Setter.

Dominique Silver
By Erickka Sy Savané

Safe to say, the modeling industry has changed. Gone are the days where one standard of beauty represented the whole, and we can't get enough of diverse beauties like Winnie Harlow, Philomena Kwao, and Adut Akech. So it makes sense that transgender beauties are also having their day. Gone are the days where trans models have to hide out of fear or because no one will book them. One trans model who is carving out a name for herself is Dominican Republic-born, San Diego-bred Dominique Silver who has been in the modeling game long enough to chat about how the industry has evolved and what it's like to be a trans model today.

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Beauty & Natural Lifestyle Blogger Mirna Norales is Naturally Glam!

Mirna Norales of TimelesslyMirna
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Mirna started her natural hair journey just four years ago and has since become a natural lifestyle queen! See why she's our naturally glam pick and find out how to keep up with this blogger, cosmetologist and model.

How to Walk Into Any Room Like You Own It.

Cardi, Ri-Ri & B.
By Erickka Sy Savané

“You walk like a duck,” said my husband.

“Excuse me?” I responded incredulously. He knows that I’ve walked runways as a model from here to London and Paris. Now it was some time ago, and Naomi Campbell and I never crossed paths, but walk, I can with the best of them.

“Yea, when you have on heels you don’t elongate your calves.”

Okay, he’s bugging. For one, I rarely wear heels since I popped out two of his kids. And two…let me think about this…

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This is 50! Model Tomiko Fraser Hines is Killing the Game

Tomiko Fraser Hines photo by Guy Viau
By Brenda Alexander

While most fashion models are slowing their careers down by age 25, Bronx-born Tomiko Fraser Hines was just starting out. After being told constantly that she could have a successful career as a model, the brown-skinned beauty eventually quit her job as a secretary in favor of a more flexible gig as a hostess, and began pursuing supermodeldom. Eventually, she signed with renowned FORD agency and began booking commercial and runway work here and abroad, in addition to features in a plethora of magazines and catalogs, as well as campaigns for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Old Navy. Most people know her for being the first African-American model to land a contract with Maybelline Cosmetics- at age 31, no less!

After taking a hiatus to focus on family, wellness and her advocacy work in women’s empowerment, Tomiko is baaaaaack, and candidly talks with us about why at 50 years old (Happy Birthday Mama!) her career is on fiyah!!!

The Face of Now: Winnie Harlow Covers Elle UK!

Winnie Harlow

By Brande Victorian

Remember last week when Winnie Harlow asked, “Do you see me suffering?” after The Evening Standard labeled her a “vitiligo sufferer“? I think it’s fair to ask that question again after seeing the model on the cover of Elle UK’s May issue. The beauty is the definition of living life in color as she stuns in Gucci and complementary pastel-colored makeup as the mag’s cover model.

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Model, Marketer Myori is Naturally Glam!

Myori Granger 
A few years ago, Myori Granger came to the City That Never Sleeps to complete her Master's degree in Marketing. Natural for 10 years, this beauty with brains to match, is boldly being herself and blazing her own path in the modeling industry! Peep why she's this week's Naturally Glam pick!

She So Vain: Meet the Young Sudanese Model Giving Us Old School Glamour!


Adut Akech


















By Erickka Sy Savané

There's a saying that goes, 'don't miss your entrance.' Well, S. Sudanese model Adut Akech, who grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp before making her way to Australia as a kid, and just graduated high school last year, did not miss hers. When Vogue.com released a series of videos from New York Fashion Week starring Paris Jackson, model Ashley Graham and Cardi B., lip sinking to the song 'You're So Vain,' it was Adut's rendition that stuck out like a white person in Black Panther. Why? Because we haven't been worked by a model like this since George Michael flipped the script with his classic 'Freedom' video or Michael Jackson and Naomi fired up the screen in 'Keep It in the Closet.' So exactly who is Adut Akech? Let's find out!

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White British Photographer Suffers Backlash For Creating Dark-Skinned Digital Model Named Shudu


By Renese

Meet Shudu.

She is a stunning Instagram model who currently has over 40,000 followers. Looking flawless in a Fenty Beauty mattemoiselle lipstick, the young woman’s perfectly brown skin, almond eyes and short haircut speak instant fierceness. But guess what?

She’s not real.

When Faced With Anti-Muslim Bigotry Model Halima Aden Has The Perfect Response

Model Halima Aden 
By Erickka Sy Savané
My 8-year-old daughter is obsessed with Somalian model Halima Aden. Kinglimaa as she is known on instagram, made history as the first teen to wear a burkini during the Miss Teen Minnesota USA pageant in 2016, the first hijab-wearer to grace the cover of Allure magazine last summer, and she's walked for Yeezy and shot campaigns for Nike and American Eagle. All this, and she's not even 21. For my daughter, who considers herself Muslim like her dad, and went through a stage in Pre-K where she loved wearing a hijab scarf, Halima is the perfect role model. As a mom, I'm not mad at her being enamored by a young woman who is always tastefully covered- call me funny that way. But not so funny is that not all moms can see the value of someone like Halima. In fact, not so long ago in high school, this Muslim who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and raised in Minnesota, set off an alarm in the mother of her bff who made her stop being friends with Halima because she feared she'd recruit her into ISIS. Yes, this happened. How did Halima handle it? How does she handle racism period? Halima recently gave a speech at Glamour's Women Of The Year Summit where she shared just that...

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