This is an ever-evolving directory of names and contacts for media titles and brands that want to work with and support people of colour, disabled people and members of the LGBTQ+ communities. All individuals featured have submitted their own profiles – the list is not edited, vetted or in any way endorsed by our team. Anyone using it will need to contact/interview individuals as per usual protocol, and similarly individuals listed will need to perform their own due diligence on brands/titles who approach them via the directory. The more you promote it, the more likely it is that people will join and brands will engage.
WRITERS, AUTHORS, COPYWRITERS, JOURNALISTS, EDITORS
I’m a beauty writer who has worked across leading women’s magazines. Currently the Beauty Assistant at Stylist magazine, I regularly contribute to their digital edition and website. I look after two regular print pages and pitch ideas for online. I’ve written on a wide-range of topics from specific skincare ingredients and first person reviews to longer form features on how Coronavirus has changed the way we’ll shop for beauty. Prior to this, I worked at Glamour UK as the Beauty Assistant for their print edition and Beauty and Features Intern for their website.
I write beauty content, with a particular focus on luxury beauty for black women. I’ve written about makeup, skincare and afro haircare for Net-A-Porter’s Porter Edit and Refinery29.
I’m a multi award-winning beauty, wellness and features journalist (and a Contributing Beauty Director at Glamour) with over a decade of working on some of the UK’s biggest glossy magazines and broadsheets. I’m the former Beauty Director at Stylist (where I was also Acting Features Director), and have worked at Marie Claire and Women’s Health in senior beauty and wellness roles. I’ve also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan, Red and many more, and have appeared on This Morning, Woman’s Hour and BBC’s Asian Network. I’m a brand consultant, speaker, brand strategist and inclusivity expert.
Journalist and editor specialising in topics around disability and women’s lifestyle. An experience journalist and editor with over 12 years in the industry, recent print and online work has included Red magazine, Grazia, The Independent and Cosmopolitan with broadcast work for ITV This Morning, Channel 5 News and BBC World Service. Particular interest in covering sex and disability: how society views disabled people and sex, personal experiences as a disabled female and how to have the best sex of your life as a disabled person. Also an audience development editor having worked on successful audience growth for several well known youth brands and publications.
I am a writer and content creator working with video/audio/images. I specialise in brand campaigns, public speaking and presenting, covering LGBTQ+ issues, mental health and fashion.
With over 12 years of publishing experience, working on print publications and their digital counterparts, national newspapers and digital pure plays I am an Editor, Strategist, Content Producer and Art Director that specializes in Fashion, Beauty and Grooming, Lifestyle and Culture.
I am a Freelance Copywriter and Journalist. Editing, writing (features, news, profiles, op-ed), consultancy, copywriting, ghostwriting, interviewing, project management, corporate literature (internal and external audiences), digital content, training (groups and individuals). I have radio experience, too.
I am a freelance beauty, health and wellness writer with experience in writing long- and short-form features for both print and online. I was previously Beauty Writer at PORTER and beauty assistant at Grazia. Other titles I have written for include Glamour, Pop Sugar and British Vogue. I have also consulted brands in marketing campaigns, social media and influencer marketing in the beauty sector.
An Award-Winning Journalist, TV Presenter and Podcaster (Host of www.desiwomanpodcast.com) with over a decade of experience, I’ve editing two consumer magazines and published two books and one travelogue. I’m also considered one of the UK’s leading Crafts & Colour Experts. I’ve written about the mindful benefits and across fashion, beauty, wellness and health. Currently freelancing: byelines in The Guardian, The Independent, The i Paper, Huff Post, Project Calm, Mollie Makes, Oh! Comely, Londonist, Net Doctor, Shropshire Life, Warwickshire Life, Asian Culture Vulture, Actual Size, Asian Woman, Eastern Eye, Asiana, Enfield Independent, Barnet Press.
Award-winning journalist who talks about entertainment, fashion, beauty, mental health, race and more. Keen advocate for diversity and inclusion. Available for presenting and hosting work. Integrated Associate Editor at Hearst.
I’m a freelance beauty editor and lifestyle journalist with a decade of experience across print and digital journalism. Most recently I was deputy editor at DARE magazine where I oversaw the day-to-day running of the print title as well as working across podcasts, digital platforms and outdoor campaigns. I’ve also worked at OK! magazine, Boots Health and Beauty, Red Online and Closer and worked with brands such as Burberry Unilever, Boots, Harrods, Selfridges, Ghost Fragrances across copy and content, including editing print magazines (Unilever) and tone of voice strategy (Boots C.Y.O).
I spent 4 years learning everything about beauty, but it was not until I completed my masters in Cosmetic Science that I realised my passion for beauty and fashion, was due to my long-standing interest in identities and consumer psychology. As a journalist and editor, I use my pieces as a lens into different narratives – whether that is telling someone’s story, bringing insight into changing subcultures or breathing life to products. I have an adaptable tone of voice that varies to aline with that of the brands. Additionally, I am able to deliver in-depth and insightful content across print, digital platforms and copywriting. I have worked across several publications – including Dazed Beauty and No Basic Girls Allowed (Vice) – across Europe and Africa.
Giselle La Pompe-Moore
I’m a freelance beauty writer and contributor to Who What Wear UK. I was previously the beauty coordinator at Stylist and my writing has been published in titles such as i-D, Raconteur (The Times), Byrdie, Victoria Health and more. I’m also digital editor for UN Women UK and the founder of well-being practice Project Ajna, where I’m a spiritual guide, tarot reader, reiki master and meditation teacher. I’m available for freelance writing, expert quotes, brand collaborations and consultancy on the topics of beauty, spirituality, well-being and self-care.
I’m an award-winning beauty, wellness and lifestyle journalist who has been writing for the UK’s most well-known glossies and newspapers for over 10 years. In 2015 I left Psychologies Magazine where I held the title of Beauty & Travel Editor, to go freelance. Since then I have worked at and written for Stylist, Women’s Health, Glamour, Fabulous, The Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, PopSugar and many more. I’ve also appeared on BBC radio and moderated panel talks at press events. On top of this I’m a brand consultant, copy-writer, and strategist who regularly works for brands and PR companies aiding them with product development, positioning and pitching to the press.
Verity is a content creator with experience in writing breaking news, beauty and fashion content, entertainment content and travel and tourism content. Companies Verity has worked with include Gal-dem, Farfetch Ltd, Marie Claire, ES Magazine, Liberty, Visit London and Metro. A keen content creator with a passion for the written word, Verity is available for full time, part time and freelance content work with specialisms in beauty and fashion content for Black and plus size people.
I’m the Editor of online magazine THE LONDON covering all things London, lifestyle and parenting. After a city career in Corporate Communications, she moved into freelancing. She has been writing online for over 10 years and through THE LONDON MOTHER has worked with brands including BuzzFeed Tasty, BBC London News, SKY News, Science Museum and British Athletics. Mads is also the owner of new e-commerce site BOXD http://shop.thelondonmother.net/ where she sells curated gifts for tweens and teens.
I’m a digital writer currently working for woman&home. As well as writing news for the digital team’s women’s lifestyle hub (woman&home, GoodtoKnow, WhatsonTV), I look after woman&home’s online beauty pages, writing a daily beauty news story and occasional digital beauty features. I also work on updating the site’s existing beauty content to optimise it for Google and I commission weekly beauty features (which I then edit and optimise for Google) to the magazine’s print beauty team. Previously I freelanced for six months with Women’s Health digital team, writing online beauty, health & fitness features for the site and did a week’s stint of desk cover with Stylist’s print beauty team after interning with them for three months.
I write about the unglossed, still beautiful side of parenting. I play with make up because it makes me smile. Creating in words and in colour is my art.
25+ Years in the Health & Beauty industry writing and art directing photographic shoots for leading women’s lifestyle magazines and newspapers – now proud to be a blue badge holder due to having now had MS (Multiple Sclerosis) for eight years. I trained in Reiki & meditation techniques to evolve my writing away from the beauty industry because no one ever wants to talk disabled. Bending to wash your own hair, pedicures when the toes are out of reach, the best deep tissue massage, fab relaxation therapies and ways to reduce pain and stress – they affect SO many people of any age. But it’s just not glam I’m afraid – it’s too real. But if you want to hook up – I’d love to share it wider as there are over 100 autoimmune disorders & many are hereditary.
Openly bi journalist, broadcaster and author on health, tech, relationships and LGBTQI issues – have presented for the BBC and broadcast regularly for Sky News on the topic. Author of a history of dating which is LGBTQI-inclusive.
Literary Agent: Anna Pallai
Disability justice, accessibility advocate, disabled parenting, disabled motherhood, single parenting.
I am a recent graduate in Journalism & Sociology from Cardiff University. I have experience in both print and online, as well as in Editorial roles. My area’s of interest are health and beauty, particularly focusing on gender and racial disparities in healthcare. I am currently planning on pursuing a Masters in Public Health, whilst also continuing with Freelance Journalism.
Graduate Fashion Journalist. Written articles for MuslimGirl.com and Unveiled. Worked as a fashion cupboard intern at Harper’s Bazaar. Content creator on Youtube and Instagram. Also skilled in photography and editing.
I have mainly worked as a lifestyle journalist for the London restaurant guide Square Meal and the London tourism magazines London Planner and Where London. I became the online editor at Square Meal and have managed print projects, so I’m very comfortable in leading editorial teams. My specialisms are the environment and climate justice, news gathering, pop culture, restaurants, bars, travel, the arts and copywriting. I also have a lot of experience in scripting, presenting and editing YouTube videos with a film crew.
Author and anti-racist activist.
Agency: The Tape Agency
I’m a freelance journalist who has written a range of content, with a particular focus on culture, art, politics and people. My pieces have been published in The New York Times, i-D, VICE UK, The Independent, The Huffington Post, and Vogue India, amongst others. I also have worked as an Editorial Intern with VICE and Dazed Digital, both experiences that have enriched my understanding of contemporary media.
INFLUENCERS AND CONTENT CREATORS
I’m currently an Esthetician-in-training, but I am currently doing workshops for companies in relation to skincare and wellbeing – going through a routine and gua sha. This is as part of a companies wellbeing programme. I also create content for my instagram blog on skincare, haircare and wellbeing, where I also talk about how each brand is sustainable- I’ve worked with Ouai previously to help them with their sustainability efforts after doing a post on their ‘lack of’ sustainable information.
Plus size fashion, beauty, LGBTQ+ love and sex writer and content creator. Previous bylines in Cosmopolitan, Metro, Them, Cause and Effect Magazine, Marie Claire. Day job at TikTok as Creator Marketing Manager – available for creative advice on TikTok.
I am a natural curly hair blogger and owner of the business O So Curly which sells hair accessories & tools.
After 6 years of sharing my natural hair journey and tips via YouTube and Instagram I’ve managed to help 1000’s of women around the world learn how to look after their natural curly hair.
My book ‘Get My Curls Back!’ Is available on Amazon and shares my hair care journey and a blueprint to remove all chemicals and heat tools allowing your hair to flourish.
IG: @ukcurlygirl / @osocurly
Having been a beauty blogger for over 5 years, I transitioned to beauty writing recently. I have interned at Cosmopolitan and Stylist UK with their beauty teams and write freelance on all things beauty, skincare and motherhood. My focus has always been skincare but now write about issues that are not widely covered in a woman’s world. I am passionate about speaking about diversity in beauty and am excited to see how the industry changes thanks to recent events.
Represented by Modest Visions
I’m a content creator who specialises in Natural Hair, Beauty, Travel and Lifestyle. I have experience of working with hair brands to raise awareness of their products and generate sales online and at hair shows. I share my natural hair journey on YouTube, teaching other naturalistas how to take care of their own hair, whilst also dabbling in beauty and sharing areas of my life. I have a passion for travel and I share my journey through vlogging. I model and I’ve been featured in campaigns/magazines.
I write about plus size fashion, disability (I use a walking stick outside), beauty, independent businesses and mental health. I discuss disability and mental health and how it affects me accross my social media and blog along with things that help, things that I’ve tried etc. I also create Instagram content on body positivity, disability, fashion, and beauty. I have been blogging for over 3 years.
Soon Huay Na (Soonie)
I am a half black and half asian Instagram beauty and ‘mommy’ blogger. I really don’t see many “blasian” women represented in the media in general. Nor do I see many blasian mommy/ beauty bloggers. I would love to work with brands that embrace diversity.
Bally Kaur Hayer
I have modelled for a few plus-size woman fashion brands and creator content for plus-size woman fashion and lifestyle brands.
I created Proud and Sober as an online community for queer people who are sober or sober-curious. The content ranges from drinks recommendations to real life sober journey stories but I also spend time giving advice to those who want to get sober and don’t know how. Proud and Sober has attracted some amazing people who wish to share their stories but I as it’s founder have worked with various alcohol free brands and have been interviewed for the Metro, BBC online, BBC Radio 5, various podcasts and spoken at the Live Well Festival and Club Soda Mindful Drinking Festival also.
Hermon and Heroda
‘Being Her’ is our sibling concept blog by British-Eritrean Deaf twin sisters Hermon and Heroda Berhane. We showcase our passion for fashion, beauty, travel and diversity. We pride ourselves on being exciting, unique and very up-and-coming social content creators. With our natural diversity and fascinating back story we always encourage our followers’ individuality.
In a world of cookie-cutter accounts, Kristabel offers a distinct mix of fashion, lifestyle and travel content to empower the 25-35 demographic. She also covers racial identity and her own personal experiences through engaging ‘TED’ style talks on Instagram. Key features include Red, The Strategist, Stylist, Time Out and the Evening Standard’s Power 1000.
I am the creator of the Brown Skin Dark Lips beauty blog which focuses on makeup for darker skin tones, skincare, nail care and products for fine, curly hair. I also write gift guides where I particularly like to highlight small businesses, beauty or non-beauty related. My social content includes fashion, jewellery and other pretty things although it is clear I am obsessed with makeup, particularly lipstick! I also write for Brown Beauty Talk, an online beauty magazine for Black and Asian women.
Body Confidence, sexuality, fashion, wellbeing, interiors.
Agency: The Tape Agency
PR, MARKETING AND ENGAGEMENT SPECIALISTS
I’m currently freelance and work primarily with fashion, beauty, lifestyle and health brands . I have worked with established online beauty and fashion retailers. My job would be to gain maximum exposure for your brand, I have various media contacts in these industries. Please contact me on Instagram if you would like to discuss further.
I am the Communications and Influencer Relations Manager for BECCA Cosmetics with close to 10 years experience in the beauty PR game. Previous to BECCA I have worked on a plethora of beauty brands across cosmetics, skincare, hair and wellness, including Smashbox, Bumble and Bumble, Laura Mercier, Eve Lom and Fresh. Prior to PR I began my career as Fashion Assistant at Asiana and Asiana Wedding Magazine for 2 years. I coordinated all beauty and fashion editorial shoots with the magazine as well as supporting the annual Asiana Bridal catwalk show.
I’m a freelance PR and Brand Manager with a goal to support and champion women like me. Simply put, I want to see more of us do well in the work that we do, for the lives that we live and want to build. With over 14 years experience – initially cutting my teeth with agencies – I now work as a freelance consultant for what I’m proud to say are some of the UK’s most exciting, innovative and valued female led businesses for my community and beyond. It’s through my years of experience and genuine passion for the brands I rep and the work that I do that enables me to forge long-lasting and positive relationships with clients. With a focus on transparency, intelligent creativity and simple yet effective hard work, based on my clients’ individual needs my aim is to deliver impactful results that will allow their businesses to rise.
I am Head of PR and Social for Kiehl’s UKI and lead of the ‘Ethnicity and Multiculturalism’ committee at L’Oreal UKI. I am utilising ten years’ worth of experience in communications to ensure representation across all areas of marketing, specifically within the beauty industry.
I am an Independent PR Consultant with 28 years’ experience in beauty and travel PR, both agency side – including beauty brands – and a tenure in-house as the former Head Of PR & Sponsorship at Virgin Holidays. I set up as freelance (TippettPR & Social Limited) in 2010 to offer a ‘blended to order’ service to clients needing senior level strategic direction; solid communications basics; targeted sector specific media relations; social and digital content management; crisis management, and fresh campaign creative. Current beauty clients: Ultrasun, SkinSense. Previous beauty clients: Errol Douglas MBE (2011-2015)
Experienced Senior Account Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations, specifically beauty & fashion. Skilled in Microsoft Word, Retail, Sales, Communication, and Hospitality Industry. Strong sales professional with a BA Hons Events Management focused in Event planning and organising from Leeds Beckett University.
Managing global marketing for Maybelline with 10 years of marketing experience within the L’Oreal group. Launched The Step-Up Sorority to provide young BAME women with the resources, network and connections to start their careers. Passionate about building diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace, at all levels.
I am a freelance PR and Communications professional within the beauty industry. I recently managed PR for Smashbox Cosmetics working closely with influencers/press, strategising for increased brand awareness and growth. Earlier this year I successfully ranked Smashbox in to the Top 15 Brands within the Cosmetic Category – ranking at #11 (jumping up +51 places from prior month). Prior to this role, I was the PR Officer for Givenchy Beauty, PR Executive at Hearst as well as the PR Assistant for a number of L’Oréal brands including Kiehl’s, Giorgio Armani Beauty and their Luxury Designer Fragrance Brands. I am passionate about making the beauty industry diverse and inclusive and making sure that there is representation of all races & ethnicities across the board.
Chloe Pierre LDN
Digital Marketing Consultant, Diversity & Representation Consultant, Culture Expert, Influencer, Plus Size Blogger and Lifestyle Content Creator.
A charismatic, passionate and meticulous marketeer who is obsessed with the influencer marketing industry, and holds a vast range of knowledge and understanding for social campaigns and driving industry developments. I have worked on key influencer campaigns with brands such as Tesco, Aldi, Beaverbrooks, Benefit Brows, Galaxy, Fox & Ivy Homeware and much more!
Founded in 2020, our agency is an independent, strategic brand development and communications agency, providing emerging and under-represented brands an elevated communications service without an elevated cost. Driven by a determination to set each client apart and enhance their visibility, our agency takes a bespoke and innovative approach to communications. our agency understands that every brand is unique and curates bespoke offerings to suit individual client needs – for support on either a retainer basis or project-based consultancy briefs. our agency’s bespoke approach means that each brand’s unique requirements are executed in the most effective way.
Tolu Rachael Akisanya, Opal Publicity
Opal Publicity is an independent Entertainment, Lifestyle PR and social media marketing consultancy providing personalised PR and communications strategies for each project and campaign to meet business needs and objectives. We work with a range of brands, individuals and organisations across film, television and lifestyle brands – whether a small independent start-ups or larger organisation, tailored to meet all needs and budgets. With over 10 years’ experience in the PR industry across entertainment, film, lifestyle, fashion, beauty, food, and sports, we are knowledgeable and passionate about creating the best campaign and results for each client.
Senior Vice President, Engagement Strategy. 15 years of advertising agency experience within media planning and buying and creative. Focus on regulated healthcare advertising and engagement strategy. Skills include: social media, digital strategy, engagement strategy, healthcare, pharmaceutical, HCP, DTC, multi-channel, brand strategy, creative, new business pitch, collaboration, leadership, management, video, facebook, youtube, Instagram, whatsapp, twitter, tiktok, snapchat, wechat, doximity, sermo, Skipta, compliance, hipaa, regulatory, paid media, data, analytics, insights, thought leadership, RFP, marketing, advertising, b2c, b2b, crm, seo, sem, AR, VR, research, presentations, interpersonal skills, public speaking, diversity, inclusion, opdp, programmatic, mobile, native, oncology, neurology.
I run a PR agency for diverse specialisms for diverse professionals.
With over 5 years experience in the Fashion & Beauty E-commerce industry, I have acquired skills relating to Online Trading, Digital Marketing across Paid and Organic Channels (SEO, PPC, Emai & CRM, Affiliates and Social Media). I have strong abilities in UX, Online Project Management as well as curating Digital Content and Art Directing Photography and Videography shoots for Digital platforms.
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGISTS AND INFLUENCER MARKETING
I am LGBTQ+ and have experience in editorial, events and influencer marketing. I have worked/freelanced/interned at titles such as Cosmopolitan, Tatler, The World of Interiors, GQ, HarperCollins and Words of Women. Currently I work for News UK’s influencer marketing agency The Fifth as a campaign executive and PA to the MD.
I am Lavanya, Social Media Manager at Sarah Chapman Skinesis. My role is to take a strategic approach to growing the brand’s social channels. Amplifying brand campaigns and stories, executing a new brand launch effectively, as well as driving UGC and encouraging interactivity from our audiences whilst delivering industry-disrupting content. I have over 7 years of experience working with beauty and fashion brands as a copywriter and social media coordinator. I’ve previously worked with Makeup Revolution, Secret Sales, Selfridges, Debenhams and Brown Thomas.
With both a creative and analytic mind, I am able to execute all kinds of projects. And as a third-culture kid – a Greek Cypriot girl, born and raised in South London – I have an interest in all forms of art and culture, especially fashion and feminism, and the way they are communicated in innovative ways the world over. Having worked in the industry for nearly ten years, I now focus my energy on culturally conscious conversations, whether that’s consulting and strategising for my clients, or writing about positive escapism, slow fashion, or mindfulness. Previously published and created content for: TWIN magazine, ELLE UK, The Daily Telegraph, Grazia Middle East, Mail Online, LN-CC, Browns London, MATCHESFASHION.COM, Ounass, and ATTUALE in both London and Dubai.
I am a highly experienced Facebook Ads Strategist with more than 12 years experience within the creative industries. Other forms of advertising mean that your ad or leaflet is more often than not put in front of the wrong people, however, with the laser focused targeting of Facebook Ads, you can ensure that you are only placing your ad in front of the right people. Contact me if you are looking to get more sales and leads.
BEAUTY THERAPISTS (see also: Wellness Practitioners)
I’m Melanie, a fully insured & qualified Beauty Therapist based in Guiseley, Leeds. My treatment room is based in my home. I am professional in my approach to all clients and I pride myself in my duty of care to all clients entering my business environment. I would be truly accommodating of anyone who entrusted me with my services to them. All treatments are carried out with the utmost professionalism, with patch tests where relevant and compassion to all those concerned is of paramount importance.
BRAND OWNERS AND ENTREPENEURS
Founder and CEO of Disciple London skincare and wellness brand.
I started Sofia Latif in my mid-40s to give women the confidence to show off their skin and hair as it changes with age. I am a British South Asian woman who has drawn inspiration from my Indian roots and rediscovered the power of oils in order to manage skin and hair that has been impacted by peri-menopause and menopause. There is a social purpose too – we support small business owners in low-income countries by providing them with micro-loans, so that they may grow their business and support themselves and their families with dignity. Sofia Latif is an award-winning vegan skin, hair, and body care range.
thy.self is a disruptive wellness brand, challenging the norms of what wellness looks like, diversifying the wellness industry and actualising self-care and self-love in an inclusive and relatable way.
Our community is made up of like-minded modern women (and men) who realise the need to be able to share their vulnerabilities, strengths and coping mechanisms with other self-identifying womxn. thy.self’s mission is to connect womxn of all ages through positive self-care initiatives, self-love discussions and positive awareness unapologetically. We believe in actualising self-care, discovering what ‘loving ourselves’ actually means, how it is seen in our society, how it benefits our lives, tackling extremely tough subjects affecting the community and the modern world and how self-love can help this and educating others on how to use it IRL.
Natasha and Sheena Appadoo, STELLAR 79
STELLAR 79 is a luxury British jewellery brand created by us sisters Natasha and Sheena. With our rich diverse Trinidadian and Mauritian heritage, we draw inspiration from our combined passion for travel, art and culture. We design vibrant, eclectic and inspired 18 karat gold vermeil jewellery. Offering contemporary styles mixed with precious gemstones, the collections give you distinctive pieces which can be layered or worn individually. We believe in empowering women, embracing individuality and expression of style, and are proud to support the Black Lives Matter Foundation and Educate Girls charity. STELLAR 79. WEAR IT YOUR WAY. YOUR STYLE. 24/7.
Paris Reveira, THAT GOOD HAIR
I am the recent sole founder of a Customisable haircare brand for the textured and problem haircare market. I regularly blog about natural hair care, formulate hair products and you can usually find me on IGLive. Before this I worked as an intern at L’Oréal as a digital data analyst and worked in other digital roles.
Nina Lewis (nails and make-up)
I’m a nail and make-up artist with 30 years’ experience in my field. Lecturer in Nail Technology and Media Make-up, QCF Assessor, Nail Specialist for Joy Goodman Agency, Cuccio Effect Nail Educator, Manicures – Pedicures – Acrylic Application Nail Extensions (Liquid and Powder) – Hard Gel Application Nail Extensions – UV Gel Polish – Powder Polish Nail Extensions – Sculptured Nails – Nail Art – Electric Nail File (e-file). I’m the owner of Nina Lewis Training and a mentor who is confident when speaking aloud to large or small audiences and the winner of The Great Scratch Shoot Out 2019.
I am a Freelance manicurist from South London with over 10 years industry experience. Along with doing bespoke nails for fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, and various editorials, Nadia has done pop-up nail bars for Balenciaga, Marc by Marc Jacobs and MOBO Awards. Clients include British Vogue, Red Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, Selfridges, Goldsmith Jewelry, Superdrug, Soap & Glory, Lottie Moss, Poppy Delevingne and Rosie Huntington-Whitley.
I am a mobile nail professional based in Bedfordshire. I specialise in natural nails with 6 years experience. Trained by some of the most reputable brands in the industry and using their products accordingly. Nails Mastered Alumni with active nail blog.
MAKE UP ARTISTS
I’m a Pro Makeup Artist, Beauty Educator, Brand Founder and Brand Consultant based in London with over a decade working experience. I specialise in working with women of colour.
Clients include – Kelloggs, BBC, Estee Lauder group of companies, Hollyoaks, Cantu Beauty, Times Magazine, Revlon, ORS, Sleek, Dark & Lovely and many more.
IG – @joyadenuga
I am a makeup artist of over 25 years and have been based in London since 1997. I spent years assisting artists like Pat McGrath, Val Garland and Lucia Pieroni working on shows in Paris, Milan and London. I work across the board of work ranging from editorials, beauty shoots and also celebrity red carpet. My clients include Naomie Harris, Naomi Ackie, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, Cara Delevigne, Winnie Harlow, Tina Kunakey, Michelle Rodriguez, Mindy Kaling, Sophie Okonedo and Jenna Coleman amongst others.
Mira Parmar (Makeup and Hair)
I’m a freelance Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist based in London but I travel internationally. I have clients based in Europe (including Paris), Dubai and India.
Some of my clients include The Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Style Magazine, Stylist, Grazia, Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie, Monsoon, Accessorize, Selfridges, Sony, McDonald’s, Harpers Bazaar, ELLE, Hello, Prima, Marie Claire, L’officiel, Alicia Rountree, Cara Delevigne, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai and Suki Waterhouse. I also teach on a freelance basis at Delamar Academy.
I am Michelle, a freelance Makeup Artist based in London. I work predominantly on commercials for a range of brands from L’Oréal to Kenwood.
I am a global makeup artist, brand founder and beauty expert. 25 years + in the beauty industry working on editorial and commercial shoots, in addition to brand consultancy, and staff training and motivation. Magazine credits include Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle and Red. TV credits include This Morning, Britain’s Next Top Model and 10 Year’s Younger.
I am available for makeup artistry, panels, beauty press quotes, brand consultancy, TV and inclusivity strategy
I’m a Fashion/Beauty Makeup Artist with over 16 years of experience, including 5 years in Film/TV and 11 years Fashion/Beauty/Celebrity. Listed below are a few of the clients I have worked for including as Lead Makeup Artists in Fashion. I’ve worked with: L’Oreal, MAC, DAKS, Topman, Adidas x CP Company, HUNGER, GQ India, L’Officiel Homme Italia, Kaltblut, The Telegraph, Grazia Spain, Eva Longoria, Aja Naomi King, Aishwarya Rai, Manisha Koirala, Kanika Kapoor, Mahira Khan, Jourdan Dunn, Neelam Gill, Sandy Powell, Ruth Wilson, Clara Amfo, Sam Fender, Jonathon Rhys Meyers, Gordon Ramsay, Raymond Blanc, Nick Hornby, Val Garland, Pat Mcgrath, Lisa Butler, Miranda Joyce, Lucia Pica, Peter Philips.
Mini Magan (Makeup and Hair)
I am a freelance Hair & Make-up Artist based in London. My training began in Manchester with Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Wig Making. I furthered my education at the London College of Fashion. I now have over 20 years experience working in TV, Film, Theatre, Commercials, Advertising and Stills. My passion and drive is still as strong as it was when I first started. Credits include Black Mirror, The Crown, Misfits, Brave New World, Aladdin, Youngers and many more.
I have a decade of experience as a Makeup Artist (and also Creative Director) with the ability to work on all skintones in this global economy. I have worked across fashion, film and commercial productions. With the discussion over the lack of diversity behind the camera at the moment being had, this is a chance to be part of the solution. I hope you take it.
I have over 12 years experience in fashion, editorial, commercial, video, events and theatre. Based in London but have worked in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Paris and Bangkok. Clients include: Steve Madden, Kanye West, Vivienne Westwood, Courtney Love, Boy George. Published in Hunger, i-D and Wonderland magazines.
After working for 18 years in The Human Rights Sector in the Middle East, USA and Europe, I decided 2 years ago to change my career to do what I love and work on my creative side more. So I finished in special effects for TV and film at LCF and then finished fashion hair and makeup at AOFM. I’ve worked as an assistant/trainee for A Netflix original, as well as various other art films, with one film (Infinity minus Infinity) credited with my name. I’ve assisted on a freelance basis for fashion and editorial photoshoots with The Wall Group for the likes of Liberty London and The Face magazines. I’m of Palestinian Origin and I’m fluent in both Arabic and English.
Francesca Daniella is a London-based makeup artist who trained at the world renowned London College of Fashion. She has worked on the faces of Little Simz, Koffee, Leomie Anderson, Sinead Harnett and Julie Adenuga to name a few. She works across television, music, celebrity & red carpet and is noted for her attention to detail over textures and skin definition.
I’m a queer makeup artist based in London. I work with all skin tones and mainly in fashion and advertising.
I’m an independent Makeup Artist who people love having on set. Creating makeup for beauty and fashion advertising campaigns, in the Uk and globally. In addition to this, working on editorials, red carpet and press junkets, music videos and promo. I have lead runway shows in both London and Milan. Currently working on campaigns for Warner Music, GHD, Marks&Spencer, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, The Outnet. I’m English/Jamaican, with a Liverpool accent, who lives and works in London. I’m always proud to see my work in publications, store windows, on buses, tube stations and on screen, I really love my job and I love London.
I specialise in beauty makeup, my background fashion and I have made my way into commercials and music videos. I have designed 3 indie features and numerous short films that have done well on the festival circuit. As much as I love working in film and TV, working in crowd rooms, found that type of work hard to come by and also the token brown face on set! I would love to do more, so give us a holler if you need a ray of sunshine in your set!
I have over 20 years experience as a celebrity makeup artist. Working predominately with Black celebrities. However I work with all skin tones and do beauty and fashion too.
Agency: Era Management
Hi, I am a makeup artist working in TV and fashion with a background in prosthetic makeup. I work closely with a wide range of different people such as designers, PR representatives and influencers. I have a solid background in makeup and work in London and also globally. I am also a makeup educator.
I am a creative hairdresser, educator, session stylist and beauty writer, experienced in working with all hair-types within the texture spectrum. Equipping women with the skills to confidently maintain their textured hair is a core component of my work. Through virtual and in-person workshops, I have successfully acquainted clients with the building blocks of textured haircare, recommended effective products and taught creative, achievable styling techniques that clients can take home. I have styled editorially, for weddings and private clients whilst also continuing to work at a leading high street salon to maintain my skills in the ever-evolving haircare industry.
I specialise in hair replacement, extensions and wig making, and also all aspects of hairdressing.
I am a hair stylist and brow tech, with over 10 years experience in the hair industry. Working in boutique salons and Estée Lauder HQ. My specialism is in hair styling, self taught, I focus on creating texture, I work well with all hair types and have been successful in my career so far. I have worked on fashion week, social media influencer effects and editorial shoots.
With over twenty years experience in art direction, shoot production and design, I specialise in producing content for fashion, beauty and travel, specialising in luxury brands and have worked for all the major women’s glossies as well as brand consultancy.
PHOTOGRAPHERS AND RETOUCHERS
I am a London-based photographer specialising in Beauty, Fashion & Still Life. I have over 10 years photographic experience, working as a photo assistant, producer to photographer. My editorials have been featured in Sunday Times Style, Pride Magazine and Cent Magazine. I have worked for Rimmel UK and recently shot a campaign for new clothing brand Couldn’t Wear Less and beauty brand Kitaka of London, shooting their vegan-friendly lip gloss.
I’m an interiors and lifestyle photographer, working in editorial and commercial, print and digital. I have 15 years experience working for clients such as Mothercare, Next, Pampers, Not On The High Street, Hilton Hotels, Country Living Magazine, Period Living, Homes and Antiques, Modern Rustic, Guardian Weekend, Observer Magazine, Living Etc and many more. I’m represented by Lucid Rep.
Hema Sabina Kalia
I’m a freelance retoucher from London with over 14 years experience retouching for a variety of clients such as Estee Lauder Companies, John Lewis, Harrods and Boots. I have experience in retouching models, still life, beauty products, food and interiors.
I am a qualified architect and bring my training in story telling with images into my photography work. I have photographed weddings around the UK and Europe and use my experience to narrate my clients day in the most authentic way I can. I also do portraiture and lifestyle/editorial/styled photography.
Portrait and protest photographer. Conde Nast contributor to Together We Rise book, official Photographer to UK Black Pride, Womens March London, UK Black Pride, WomenforRefugee Women, Black Lives Matter. DIVA magazine. Photographed Patrice Cullors, leader of BLM US and Swati Mandela, grand daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela.
My name is Nyima Jarju Jarju and I’m a fashion and beauty photographer born and raised in Spain, but currently based in Birmingham, UK. I am a female black African photographer who explores social, political and cultural issues through photography. My latest work explores the way this society attributes beauty to race and how it has set our society’s beauty standards, which leads to people who are of darker skin tones being underrepresented. My work explores the lack of diversity and representation of black culture in the media, and the effects that it has on colourism. My photographs are statements and declarations of cultural pride and identity.
Patricia is a London-based photographer working in all Food in all its forms. Her work conveys her philosophy of the interconnectedness of food, with the hope that it inspires others to have a greater awareness & appreciation of the relationship between the land, the producer & the preparer.
IG: @patricianiven / @thechickensoupproject
Hayley Benoit (b.1988) is a editorial photographer based in London (UK), specialising editorials for Social and branded content. She was educated at Central Saint Martins College of Art (UK) and University of Brighton (UK). Her work has been published and exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery as part of Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize. In 2013 Hayley won the Ideas Tap Innovators Fund Award with Fashion Stylist Hannah Newman.
We’re a specialist talent agency created to increase the representation of people who have until now been excluded in the media, including people with disabilities or alternative appearances and trans/non binary people. Established in 2017, Zebedee looks after over 500 models and actors across Europe and the USA with a variety of needs. Brands we have worked with include: Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Mercedes Benz, River Island, Primark, Boden and many more.
FASHION STYLISTS/FASHION INDUSTRY
Des is a London based stylist and art director who began her styling career at I-D and soon after became Edward Enninful’s assistant, before taking on roles at Glamour, InStyle and Marie Claire. Now freelance, Des works in both a stylist and art direction capacity on publications such as Vogue Ukraine, British Girls, Glass, Boys by Girls and Alvar And commercial clients Russell & Bromley, Stella McCartney, The White Company, John Lewis and Boden amongst others.
Represented by: eighteenmanagement.com
Michelle Pierre-Carr A.K.A. Pierre Carr
Michelle Pierre-Carr not only coordinates and executes UK photoshoots that inspire. But has a range of personal styling services for those who wish to be red carpet ready or just needs help to create their own personal style. She specialises in kids’ fashion, menswear and gorgeous red carpet and bridal creations. Michelle has a wealth of experience and offers styling and art directing services to brands, magazines and commercial businesses looking to take their visual imagery to the next level and personal styling for those who wish their clothes to reflect their personality.
IG: @PierreCarr @Styledbypierrecarr
Investment banker turned stylist with a wide range of experience in: conducting fashion styling masterclasses on curating a stylish wardrobe and putting together a capsule wardrobe that lasts without breaking the bank; styling all ages, sizes and genders; putting together capsules for working wardrobes and new mothers, and styling artists for concerts and building an image for new artists.
Sharna is a London based fashion stylist, she began her career assisting stylists for Vogue Italia, Dazed, Hermes and Hugo Boss.
Following roles as a fashion stylist and writer on Woman, Woman’s Own, Woman’s Weekly and Essentials magazines, Sharna held the position of Assistant Fashion Producer at This Morning on ITV. As a freelance commercial stylist, clients include Woman and Home, Good Housekeeping, Slimming World, Prima, Woman, M&Co, Fabulous Daily, Fit and Well, White Stuff, Thomson and Scott.
Abisoye Odugbesan is a London based freelance fashion stylist and was previously Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK. Her work includes styling fashion and beauty editorials, celebrity dressing, wardrobe and brand consultancy, still life shoots and e-comm.
Abisoye is also the founder of www.beautyandstyleedit.com a beauty platform for women of colour.
Tailor for fashion shoots and brands with 35 years experience. Fashion photo shoot work: Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Gucci, Dior, Prada, Calvin Klein, Nike, Elle magazine, NY Times, British, Paris, Japanese & American Vogue. Fashion brands work: Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Moschino & Chanel on red carpet events for their ambassadors in London & Paris. Working with stylists/red carpet events:Nicky Yates & Claire Foy/Eva Green, Sanaz Givili & Salma Hayek, Beth Fenton & Coldplay, Cheryl Konteh & Claudia Kim. I tailor for Amal Clooney too. In-house work for LFW & PFW: Alexander McQueen (2005-8), Chanel, Giles Deacon, Christopher Kane, Heron Preston, Preen, Jasper Conran, Jaeger, Bella Freud, Antonio Bernardi.
DOCTORS AND THERAPISTS
Dr. Ewoma Ukeleghe, Medical & Cosmetic Doctor
SKNDOCTOR A.K.A. Dr Ewoma Ukeleghe is one of the most innovative and exciting names on the beauty and cosmetics scene right now. Dr Ewoma combines her extensive medical knowledge with a refreshingly contemporary take on beautification. She’s won the hearts of hundreds of tastemakers and influencers around the country. Internationally, Dr Ewoma has worked with Glossier, Bioderma, Vichy, La Roche-Posay and Dr Dennis Gross. Championed by the likes of Dazed, Vogue, i-D Magazine, the BBC and Refinery 29 and more, Dr Ewoma is on the cusp of huge things – she’s organically created a unique position for herself and is set to totally dominate the millennial beauty and cosmetics market with her holistic, pioneering approach.
IG: @skndoctor @drewomaukeleghe
Dr Thiviyani Maruthappu, Dermatologist
I’m Thivi, a Consultant Dermatologist in London where I co-lead the Medical Dermatology service at the UK’s largest NHS Trust, looking after patients with skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. I studied medicine at Oxford University & Imperial College and completed my Dermatology training (Residency) in prestigious London teaching hospitals. I am a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation and Medical Advisor with the Skin Health Alliance. I am fortunate to work with the some of the world’s leading beauty brands (Procter & Gamble) on product development and skin safety. During my PhD in skin repair and hair growth, I researched skin conditions that are linked to internal health and this has shaped my holistic approach to dermatology – particular the role of food and nutrition. I am regularly featured in magazine articles and as I work closely with the beauty industry I have an in-depth knowledge of products, ingredients and formulations.
Dr Anjali Mahto, Dermatologist
Dr Anjali Mahto is a UK trained Consultant Dermatologist and author of bestseller The Skincare Bible. Her medical practice is based in London’s Harley Street where she has an active interest in treating patients with acne and acne scarring following a long-standing history of suffering with the condition herself. She is passionate about bridging the gap between traditional medical dermatology, beauty and cosmetic medicine in a user-friendly and accessible manner.
Dr Tina Misty, HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist
I work in private practice and also provide specialist support for south Asians. I offer consultation to journalists and writers on issues such as the impact of systemic oppression (racism, patriarchy, colourism, colonialism) and its impact on mental health for POC. I am particularly interested in the experience of south Asian mothers and women, decolonisation of mental health (traditional healing) and wellness. I have been quoted in articles in Marie Claire, Glamour and have been featured on ITV News. I have a growing social media platform and am in the process of recording a podcast which demystifies the south Asian mental health issues.
WEB: www.therapysense.co.uk – website to be updated
Dr Ritika Suk Birah
Consultant psychologist specialising in general adult psychiatry (depression, anxiety, relationships, work stress, anger, etc). I now only work in private practice. I provide resilience workshops based on clinical neuroscience to FTSE 100 companies, banks and co-operations. More recently after becoming a mother I am using my platform to have honest discussions about mental health and motherhood so we can debug the myth that pregnancy and motherhood is all gold-dust and fairytales. Boss woman, doing my thing and creating my legacy. Builder of my own business.
Le’Nise Brothers is a registered nutritionist, mBANT, mCHNC, yoga teacher, women’s health, hormone and menstruation coach and host of the Period Story podcast. She works with women who want to get control of sugar cravings, mood swings and hormonal acne, bloating and headaches, as well as increase their energy levels. Le’Nise has helped many women with hormonal issues ranging from PMS, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, heavy, painful, missing & irregular periods, post-natal depletion, perimenopause and menopause. She set up her practice Eat Love Move to help empower and educate women to understand their bodies, advocate for better healthcare and heal.
Toral is a nutritional scientist, functional medicine practitioner and health writer and consultant, specialising in optimising health and disease prevention through improving diet and lifestyle. She uses evidence based science knowledge along with lifestyle and functional medicine and cooking skills to help support others to lead a healthier life. She is passionate about cancer prevention and recurrence, and her MSc thesis discussed diet and lifestyle changes to prevent recurrence of breast cancer. She works with a large portfolio of brands, press and individuals within the food, health and wellness industry from hosting & speaking at events, and creating content for brands sharing her knowledge of nutrition and science, and seeing patients.
Osteopath specialising in women’s health, pregnancy and newborns.
Birth doula. A gentle, intuitive approach to listening to the body. Offers ‘Moving Through Loss’ workshops. Podcaster, ‘Speak From the Body’.
I have been in practice as a counsellor for over 20 years. I work with individuals and couples. I am experienced in cross cultural issues, bereavement, domestic violence, abuse, pregnancy loss, victims of torture, refugees and coping with medical conditions. The list is not exhaustive. I offer short and long term counselling.
I am a wellness practitioner with solid experience in complementary therapies. I treat, teach and train people to find their joy in their minds and bodies. I have created the HypnoBody Method (TM) and have expertise in working with clients with life limiting health conditions. I have contributed to several articles on wellbeing and advocate for diversity in health and wellbeing in education arenas. In 2012 I co-founded a community spa in a library (Bath Haus) to make wellbeing accessible to local people. I am available for wellbeing and therapy advice, panels, training, consultancy, and TV.
Darvina was introduced to Yoga almost 16 years ago. The sense of peace that a steady practice gave her, amongst the demands of the entertainment industry, was what kept her returning to her mat – eventually becoming a place of immense healing.Darvina is a 600HR RYT trained Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Mandala & Rocket Yoga teacher, Darv strives to give her students the space they need to explore their practice in the way that serves them best. Expect to be welcomed with a big smile and to leave feeling invigorated.
Hi, I’m Amaeze, a registered clinical nutritionist and owner of the health consultancy Life’s Recipe. I provide 1-1, group and brand consultations through culturally relevant lens. I have written for the Metro and have spoken at several corporate and public events. Topics have ranged from hair nutrition, nutrition and mental health to pre-diabetes. I also teach cultural intelligence for the health and wellness industry.
I’m a massage therapist specifically performing my treatments for women only. I specialise in deep tissue, classic Swedish, with a holistic approach. I now work as a mobile freelancer, however I’ve had great experience in the well known ‘cowshed’ spa, where I built confidence in my authentic & dynamic flow in massage, simultaneously building requests from high end clients. Now I’m on my journey focusing on Birchwood Body; my private practice, creating a community and a place for women to receive massage, alternatively feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and restored; getting back in touch with self, through therapeutic touch. Holistically regaining confidence, and self awareness of the body and mind.
Hi, I’m Natasha – I’m a writer, teacher and coach. I’ve written for The Huffington Post, Sassy Mama Hong Kong, Mums in the Wood and Mas&Pas. I was also editor for Mums in the Wood before changing gears and qualifying to teach. I’ve recently pursued a life long dream of coaching and empower women to reflect on their limiting beliefs, rewire and raise their self worth.
Dr Stacie CC Graham
OYA: Body-Mind-Spirit Retreats are specialised in creating holistic wellness experiences for women of the African diaspora and women of colour. We honour the intersections of our identities both on the yoga mat and off. Our team is dedicated to providing a sacred space in which all body types and abilities have the freedom to experience a fulfilling practice in movement and in stillness, in workshops and in solitude.
Our faculty includes women of multiple specialties, including but not limited to, Ayurveda, Hatha Yoga, Kemetic Yoga, massage, somatic sex education and Reiki.
FASHION/BEAUTY ILLUSTRATION AND ART DIRECTION
My name is Ethan Desmond, I am a fashion and beauty illustrator with clients including Eamonn McGill, Bésame cosmetics and Seasalt Cornwall to name a few.
INTERIORS AND PRODUCTION DESIGN
Interior design and artist.
Hazel is a London based floral artist and content creator whose work focuses on the synergy between colour and texture. She uses mixed materials that play with shape and form to create memorable scenescapes. Her innovative designs are produced for editorials, brand events, advertising campaigns and retail installations. With an experienced background in fashion production and event styling she is a multi-faceted creative. Her signature style and passion for sustainability has led to work with celebrated clients including Nike, Boots, Liberty, Disney, Elemis and SpaceNK. She is currently working with the RHS to amplify the BAME community within horticulture.
Lou Mensah, Host of Shade Podcast
Hosting progressive anti racism conversations with artists and change-makers. Guests include: David Lammy, The White Pube, Kevin Morosky, Women’s March Youth. Featured in The Guardian, Creative Debuts, Grazia, Apple Podcast Top 10 (Personal Journals Chart), Apple Podcasts Black Lives Matter featured podcast.
I’m a film director, producer and photographer. I’ve been working as a video producer and director in the fashion and beauty industries for more than 5 years. Past employers include i-D, gal-dem, GLAMOUR, Stylist Magazine and Marie Claire. Currently, I’m working as a freelance director, producer and photographer. My recent projects include branded campaigns for clients such as Adidas, Boots, Estee Lauder, Nike, among others.
Film Rep: Odelay Films