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Renae Bluitt of blog In Her Shoes and film “She Did That”, Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes
By Sharee Silerio

If you have ever been uplifted, encouraged or guided by a Black woman, then you know how powerful the experience can be. From careers to motherhood, loving self and the struggles of life, there are times when we need help from our sisters.

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As you’re thinking about your long-time friends, sisters by blood, mentors and sister-soul mates, consider the ways you’d like to show appreciation for their advice, listening ear, hugs and affirmation. Would you like to send them a bouquet of flowers? Take them out to lunch? Or send them their favorite book?

Evita Turquoise Robinson, Founder & Creator of Nomadness Tribe, Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes

There are plenty of ways to say “Thank You”, and Camara Aunique is doing it in a beautiful way.

The celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert’s clientele includes Yvonne Orji (Molly on “Insecure”), Garcelle Beauvais (Fancy on “The Jamie Foxx Show”), and Kandi Burruss (Xscape, “Real Housewives of Atlanta”), among others.

Emmy Nominated TV Host & Producer Kéla Walker, Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes
I Don’t Do Clubs Founder Genese Jamilah, Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes

At one of the lowest points of her lives, a group of trailblazing women helped lift her up; from haircare mavens to social justice warriors and award-winning television professionals, her inner circle is one to aspire to.

To honor the women who nurtured her, Camara Aunique partnered with Hannah Magazine to create an editorial titled “An Ode to Beauty.” It features “Luke Cage” actress Simone Missick, Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price, writer and activist Michaela Angela Davis, “I Don’t Do Clubs” founder Genese Jamilah, Emmy-nominated TV host Kéla Walker and more.

Actress Simone Missick, Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes
Actress Simone Missick, Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes
Executive Producer of Apollo Theatre Kamilah Forbes, Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes

“At the time of this shoot, I was dead broke, and at a real low point of my career,” she told Essence Magazine. “These women supported, encouraged, uplifted and championed for me. In the midst of my trials, they poured into me, and ‘An Ode to Beauty’ not only allowed to me to use my craft to cope with my circumstances, but it was my way of expressing gratitude to my friends; I wanted to celebrate them.”

Aunique graced the women’s melanin canvases with her makeup brush while Nicole Newland did their hair and Justin Ifill-Forbes photographed each woman.

Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price, Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes

The photo shoot not only highlights Aunique’s amazing makeup skills, but showcases the beauty that Black women are, from the inside out.

Singer-Songwriter Renee Neufville, Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes
Writer and Activist Michaela Angela Davis, Photo by Justin Ifill-Forbes

You can take a look at the entire editorial below, or own it by purchasing the Summer 2017 issue of Hannah Magazine.

Who is in your sister tribe? What do you think about this photo shoot? Who helps you refill your #BlackGirlMagic cup?
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Sharee Silerio is a St. Louis-based freelance writer, Film and TV writer-producer, and blogger. When she isn’t creating content for The Root or The St. Louis American, she enjoys watching drama/sci-fi/comedy movies and TV shows, writing faith and self-love posts for SincerelySharee.com, relaxing with a cup of chai tea, crafting chic DIY event décor, and traveling. Review her freelance portfolio at ShareeSilerio.com then connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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