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Meet The Recipients of Glossier’s Black-Owned Beauty Brand Grant Initiative

Founded in 2014, beauty brand Glossier, became one of the few female-founded businesses to raise venture capital that year. Statistics show that if a Black woman were to have the same vision for growing beauty business, they would likely not have received the same funding or support for investors or social media audiences that Glossier has received. Committing to “address this inequity and support the next generation of game-changing companies,” the company pledged a total of 1 million dollars. $500,000 are donated to organizations that are aimed at fighting against racial inequality and injustice, while the other $500,000 are being used in the form of grants to help support and fund Black-owned beauty brands across the nation.

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On May 30th, we committed to putting $1 million to work: $500K in donations to organizations fighting racial injustice, and another $500K in the form of grants to Black-owned beauty businesses. The call for submissions for our grant initiative is open today through July 3! Our vision has always been to change how the world sees beauty, and that means driving inclusive change within our own industry. We are committed to supporting and amplifying new leaders and voices, particularly those who have been historically underrepresented and under-resourced, and recognize that our work does not stop here—we have a lot more to do, both within Glossier and beyond. To hear more from our founder and CEO, @emilyweiss, and access the grant application, you can visit (also in Stories)

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The recipients of Glossier’s Black-Owned Beauty Business Grant Initiative was just announced this past week. From all over the beauty industry spectrum, grants went out to black business owners that focus on everything from skincare to cosmetics. Learn more about the stories of these incredible beauty brands and how you can support them here –

  • AbsoluteJOI by Dr. Anne Beal – a clean skincare line dedicated to and made for the needs of women with melanin-rich skin.
  • Alodia Hair Care by Dr. Isfahan Chambers-Harris – a clean and green haircare line born out of personal experiences from unnatural and toxic haircare brands.
  • Golde Wellness by Trinity Mouzon Wofford and her partner Issey Kobori – a superfood beauty brand, whose products from supplements to face masks aim to make wellness easy and fun.
  • Hanahana Beauty by Abena Boamah-Acheampong – an eco-friendly skincare and wellness brand that values sustainability and transparency, and keeps Black women at the forefront of their mission.
  • Melanj Hair by sisters Nikki and Whitney – a textured hair extensions company that uses 100% human hair to make their customers feel empowered through their beauty.
  • Brown Girl Jane by Malaika Jones Kebede, Tai Beauchamp, and Nia Jones – a plant-based wellness brand that uses the power of broad-spectrum CBD to benefit both internal and external beauty.
  • epi.logic by Dr. Chaneve Jeanniton – a skincare line that uses essential actives to ensure your skincare routine is working to your skin’s personal benefit
  • Flaunt Body by Cameron Moore – a body care product line that’s made to be versatile, unisex, and effortless to support body care for those on the go.
  • kanti by sisters Keamone F. and Alisha Ricki – a skincare line specially made to care for and celebrate Black and brown skin.
  • Luna Magic by Mabel and Shaira Frías – a beauty and lifestyle brand whose cosmetics reflect the life and inspiration rooted in multicultural heritage.
  • Redoux by Asia Grant and Alejandro Villalba – a line of fragrances and perform that aims to embody cross-sensory experiences inspired by art and cultural histories.
  • DEON LIBRA by Devin McGhee and Brittany Kirkland – set to launch in 2021, this beauty brand has products formulated to support the body’s ability to handle stress and ensure healthy skin.
  • Eadem by Marie Kouadio Amouzame and Alice Lin Glover – a curated line of hyper-targeted skincare for melanin-rich skin born out of clean, effective, and thoughtful design.
  • Pound Cake by Camille Bell and Jonathan Velazquez – a pro-Black, pro-fat, and pro-queer cosmetics company made to celebrate all skin and lip tones while embracing inclusivity across all beauty categories.
  • Wavy Blue by Cameron Maple and McKervin Ceme – a haircare men’s line that embraces the diversity and dynamism of hairstyles for Black men.
  • THE MOST by Dawn Myers – a haircare line of styling tools specially made for textured hair to encourage women to embrace their natural looks and cut styling time for a more quick and efficient lifestyle.