Month: January 2021

Read the full text of ‘The Hill We Climb’

Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first national youth poet laureate, made history again Wednesday as the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.

Gorman, 22, performed an original poem titled “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, continuing a tradition that has included such celebrated poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

In the roughly five-minute reading of her poem, Gorman called for healing and unity, alluding to the pro-Trump rally two weeks ago that turned into a violent storming of the U.S. Capitol. She also celebrated the beauty of the country’s diversity and called on Americans to rise to the occasion and leave their country better than they found it.

The poem included two references to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “Hamilton,” Gorman noted in a tweet following the reading: a quote from scripture that was sung in George Washington’s farewell address “One Last Time,” and a

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3 Women Give Their Honest Review

Between the shiny, millennial-centric brands delivering fresh drops through your letterbox, the more established, cult buys and the indie outfits selling a fine line in ‘natural and organic’ products, the beauty landscape has never felt more cluttered.

To help you to navigate this brave new world of retinol, AHAs, jade rollers and double cleansing, WH beauty editor, Perdita Nouril, is here to try and test the new drops that are making their way into her (very full) bathroom, via her new column, Beauty Dispatch.

Here, she’ll share the freshly released heroes that she loves: ready to let you know where to spend your skin and hair care cash.

This time around it’s The Ordinary Concealer. Oh, and she’s roped in two other make-up junkies so you can see how the new drop fares on different skin tones.

Let’s face it, The Ordinary is one of beauty’s biggest success stories.

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Maureen Chiquet, Former Global CEO Of Chanel, Joins Credo Board Of Directors

Credo, the pioneer in the clean beauty movement, and its majority investor, NextWorld Evergreen, are announcing the appointment of Maureen Chiquet as an independent director of Credo’s board. Chiquet will become the fifth woman to join the board, shifting the composition to 70% female leadership for the first time since Credo was founded in 2014, by the late Shashi Batra and Annie Jackson.

It’s incredibly impactful for a brand like Credo to be female-driven at the top, given that the clean beauty community is being led by women: over 90% of the brands in Credo’s roster are founded or led by women, and both Credo’s cofounder, Annie Jackson, and CEO, Dawn Dobras, are women.

Credo opened its first store in

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5 Things You Need To Know About Artist Lorna Simpson

5 Things You Need To Know About Artist Lorna Simpson

Our January/February 2021 issue is a collaborative effort between global pop star and entrepreneur Rihanna and celebrated artist Lorna Simpson. Simpson has been heralded for her work in the arts, specifically her collages of Black women.

“[Collaborating] with Rihanna and ESSENCE magazine is quite incredible,” Simpson said to us while on set of her collaboration with Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin founder. “As an artist, I’m able to deliver these unusual images of someone who is so well-known and so recognizable… It’s an amazing opportunity.”

Simpson became well known for her work in the 1980s, as she explored identity politics through mixed media. She studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York and went on to receive her MFA from the University of California at San Diego.

At the onset of her professional career, Simpson brilliantly used excerpts from Ebony and Jet magazines to depict the beauty

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