As seen on Oprah.com, The New York Times, and Elle Magazine, GarnerStyle.com was founded in October of 2008 by Chastity Garner to coincide with her image consulting business. Through GarnerStyle, she offers complimentary inspiration and advice to plus size women who want to achieve style. What began as an experiment with little knowledge as to what “blogging”even was or how it would impact social media became a platform with 19.5K followers on Twitter, 215K followers in Instagram, and get this—nearly 1 million followers on Facebook! Who knew blogging could become a full-time job? It did for Chastity. She has chronicled her life, her clothes, travel, her marriage, moving to a new city, and many other adventures through her blog. And there is still much more in store to come! Chastity is the co-creator of theCURVYcon, a convention in the plus size fashion and body positive arena. She currently resides in Atlanta with her amazing husband and her lovely “furbaby,” Shug.
Jasmine Lawrence currently serves as a Program Manager on the HoloLens Experience team at Microsoft. Previously, she work on the Xbox Engineering team creating cross-platform social experiences for gamers around the world and racking up gamerscore on Xbox Live.
Jasmine is a recent graduate of University of Washington from their Master's in Human Centered Design & Engineering program. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, with concentrations in devices and artificial intelligence, from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
At the age of 13, after attending a NFTE BizCamp, Jasmine founded EDEN BodyWorks to meet her own need for affordable natural hair and body care products. After 12 years in business her products are available at Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Amazon.com , Kroger, HEB, and Sally Beauty Supply stores just to name a few.
The stunning 20 year old, Senegalese model once called “the mother of stars" and bullied for her dark complexion is the new face of diversity in beauty!
Virtually undiscovered, until her recent involvement in The “Colored” Girl: Rebirth campaign, by founders Tori Elizabeth and Victory Jones of The Colored Girl; Diop, now living in New York city, by way of Paris is being heralded as the beauty and fashion industries “It” girl to watch.
With amazingly gorgeous, dark velvety skin, and a million dollar smile, Diop, the self proclaimed “melanin goddess”, who is also a full time student, is quickly becoming the talk of the online community via social media and multiple press outlets.
Meet Shalleen-Kaye of Natural Hair Does Care
Shalleen-Kaye and Seanna-Kaye, the dynamic duo collectively known as Natural Hair Does Care, are two sisters on a mission: curating Naturalista Chic through Hairspiration, HairConversion, and HairEducation! Known for their thematic postings on natural hair care, styling ideas, nutrition, and emotional wellness, served with a healthy dash of wit and wisdom, the sisters make living a wholistic lifestyle accessible and fabulous.
We are excited to have Shalleen-Kaye representing the duo in Dallas this fall as one of our expo weekend host for a 2nd year
Lovingly known as “Megz”; the 20 something self-described glam guru from Los Angeles delivers a fresh and authentic approach to lifestyle and beauty product reportage. Her honest and sassy sensibility has captured the hearts of over 47 million solution seeking women across the globe. From live on-set hairstyles, step-by- step tutorials, candid cosmetic commentary and rhythmic rants, Megz provides a detailed dish and investigative insight as hoards of questions and inquiries pour into her social media channels daily.
Megan has always possessed a deep appreciation for all things creative. As a child, Megan had an unsettled interest in art and fashion design. Over time her passions grew more sophisticated in the area of beauty. At the age of 19, Megan's father inspired her to follow her dreams. Armed with a craving for cosmetics, she began experimenting with colors and techniques. Understanding that it’s all about “the complete look”, this prompted her to take better care of her hair thus navigating her personal healthy hair care journey. The more she practiced with hair care and makeup the more attention she began to gain within the social media
community. By popular demand, women of all ages began to motivate Megan to produce Youtube video tutorials. Seven years later, she has amassed hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Her video catalog has received tens of millions of views to date and counting. Her focus is to ensure that everyone has a comfortable and interactive experience and to promote everyone to believe that they can indeed achieve whatever goals and aspirations they seek. Megan is looking forward to the future by helping her followers achieve their beauty and personal goals. Megan strives to utilize her personal journey as a platform to inspire, encourage
and empower women for generations to come!
“Beauty is honesty.” – Tatiana Ward
Makeup artist and educator Tatiana Ward is a woman on a mission: bring beauty into the world, one face at a time. At a very early age Tatiana discovered she had an eye for beautiful things, especially her mother's naturally glowing skin and makeup-less face. Setting the example that true beauty shines from within, her mother instilled in her the necessary skills it would take to leave her humble beginnings in Pennsylvania, and embark upon a rags-to-riches story of a lifetime!
Determined to let her creativity run free, Tatiana pursued a musical career for the greater part of her life. Singing was and continues to be one of her deepest passions, but as a 20-something living in Atlanta, the calling for all things GLAM started to kick in! Tatiana soon landed a job as a freelance makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, and it was working behind those counters that she first fell in love with making other women feel beautiful.
Soon after she began scouring the internet to learn every technique she could, and stumbled upon a community of fellow-makeup-lovers on YouTube. Compelled to share her own story, Tatiana started to film herself in her bedroom. Not only was she learning in front of a camera, she was teaching millions of women all over the world how to apply makeup themselves. In what seems like the blink of an eye, Tatiana has amassed a huge YouTube following that has helped propel her into the top-tier of new-age beauty gurus using social networking as a means of free exposure. Tatiana's growing numbers, coupled with her talent, persistence and humble personality have trickled over into an Instagram frenzy, attracting celebrity clients Brandy, K. Michelle, Niecey Nash, SWV, Sommore and having her work featured on shows such as The View and Good Morning America. But that isn't where Tatiana's story ends! Nicki Minaj has recently been added to her client list, and can be seen wearing Tatiana's more natural makeup, as well as her wild and gilittery looks!
In an effort to give back to all the fans that have helped her along her amazing viral journey, Tatiana has taken her tutorial-style teaching methods on the road. Her Behind the Beat makeup classes are selling out all over the country. Tatiana is revolutionizing the way vloggers interact with their audience, bringing beauty straight to the faces of those that watch her daily. Tatiana currently works between LA and New York City, but travels on a monthly basis meeting her thousands of fans.
American born, Jamaican bred recording artist and songwriter from New York.
Victory is a creative powerhouse with a flair for the eccentric. Unafraid to be disruptive and honest, she is constantly challenging herself, and others around her ,by pushing the boundaries or her art, by being bold and speaking truth.
She sees her work as not only as a means of expression, but as a tool of empowerment and change.
American born, Caymanian bred wardrobe stylist from Houston, Tx.
Tori is a visionary, who is able to see the beauty in the simplest of things. A true artisan who draws outside of the lines.
She has a passion for bringing awareness to the masses; by merging her conscious and creative sides.
Karonda Cook is a mother, a wife, a dream builder and an all-around “get it done” business woman. Seasoned with a diverse career within the consumer packaged goods industry, she has experience on both the selling side and buying side of the table. This unique combination allows her to have the knowledge of what retail buyers are seeking when they are deciding on new distribution as well as what it takes on the brand sales side to “get it done”. Karonda currently leads Sally Beauty’s Multicultural hair care category as Director of Merchandising. Karonda’s team is responsible for purchasing the multicultural hair and skin care merchandise portfolio for over 2,500 Sally Beauty stores. She is also charged with developing the promotional programs and educational content for the category. Karonda's most recent work includes integrating niche natural brands into Sally Beauty’s assortment, understanding that customers have a wide range of hair types and textures. Her innovative and strategic approach to the category has generated double digit, year over year sales growth.
Karonda has a successful track record in cultivating relationships and develop winning strategies to turn around challenging businesses. As a beauty enthusiast, she has been able to leverage her vast experience across both general market and multicultural consumers using compelling insights to build strategic partnerships and expand business opportunities that increase relevancy with multicultural consumers. As an innovator, Karonda’s ideas and strategies have been recognized throughout the industry. In her sales role she was recognized as a top Sales Representative and Vendor of the Year by the number one distributor in the category and most recently named 2016 Sheen Magazine’s Beauty Innovator and the 2016 CurlBox Lifetime Curlchievement honoree for her contribution to the multicultural category.
Karonda has a passion for giving back with a focus on education and empowerment. She is a founding partner of CURLS Girls Rule the World, a signature program dedicated to empowering female entrepreneurship. Karonda has volunteered and served on multiple boards to include Pleiades Foundation for the Arts where giving back via education is the key focus. Karonda received a Marketing degree from Clark Atlanta University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas. As a mother first, she is often asked how she gets it all done, she credits her faith in God and her supportive husband for being her rock. She currently resides in Dallas, TX with her husband and three children.
Visionary, Inventive, and Dynamic truly describes Mahisha Dellinger, President and CEO of CURLS. Founded in 2002 by Dellinger, CURLS continues to be one of the best recognized natural hair care brands in North America. As a beauty advocate and product innovator, Dellinger pioneered the newly natural hair market when she launched CURLS, a family of award-winning organic hair care products targeted for women embracing their natural textures ... a market previously unanswered by the beauty industry.
Dellinger’s business career began as a Marketing Manager at Intel Corporation. After a successful, yet enlightening experience in Corporate America, she quickly left to embark upon an entrepreneurial journey where she could control her own destiny. With just $30,000 of her savings, Dellinger created CURLS out of her frustration with the lack of effective products for natural and curly hair.
Today, Dellinger’s astute business acumen and natural talent for delivering market driven products has made CURLS into a multi-million dollar brand that continues to experience tremendous growth. As a "Modern Day Madame C.J. Walker,” Dellinger has singlehandedly built a strong demand for CURLS in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Africa and the United Kingdom. The company has multi-channel distribution, including retail, where CURLS products can be found nationwide in Target, Sally’s Beauty Supply, Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, CVS and Duane Reed, to name a few. CURLS also has a strong presence with countless professional salon retailers and boutiques across the United States.
Dellinger and CURLS have been featured on national television including The Talk on CBS and CNBC’s Street Signs, to name a few. Both have also graced such popular magazines as lnStyle, Essence, Glamour, Ebony, Juicy, Redbook, Lucky, Seventeen, Vibe, Black Enterprise, Elle, Modern Salon, Woman’s World and Parents, along with a host beauty and salon trade publications. A-List celebrities like Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, Nia Long, Tia Mowry, Blair Underwood, Ashanti and Yvette Nicole Brown also seek out and don the superior quality of CURLS products.
A highly sought after speaker, Dellinger has served as a panel expert for Black Enterprise Magazine’s Vision 20/20 Entrepreneur Conference and its Women of Power Summit. She has also spoken for the Texas Black Expo’s Diva Dialogue and served as the Keynote Speaker for her alma mater, California State University-Sacramento.
In January 2015, Dellinger will release her first book on her climb to the C-Suite. Published by Brown Girls Publishing, Against All Odds: From the Projects to the Penthouse, is a story meant to uplift and inspire. The book illuminates Dellinger’s journey from “the projects to the penthouse” and how despite odds, she found the will to not only survive, but thrive. Dellinger currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and 3 children. For more information on Dellinger and CURLS, visit www.curls.biz.