Allure’s Melanin Edit Issue Celebrates the Many Shades That Combine to Make Our Nation’s Beauty Great

DAVIS: That is the ritual.

TAYLOR: It’s a tradition.

DAVIS: Mikki, you’re usually the only one [Black beauty editor]. What did you go in there with? Who was with you?

TAYLOR: At that time, 14.2 million black women Perfume served. I know that when I walk through those doors, every one of those queens walks in with me. At the same time, take it to educate the industry. It’s not my job, but it’s my responsibility.

DAVIS: Mikki, when you say you know it’s not your job but you did it, you’re in a space to help them better because they’re more knowledgeable. But that’s what Black girls do. We liberate ourselves, everyone is free.

DEVILISH: Michaela, I think that’s very true. Once I had an experience that I felt seen in the pages of Seductive, I said, “Well, how can we open this up to other people? How can we make South Asian women feel seen? How can we make women feel visible?” Latina, LGBTQ and Indigenous people feel seen?” because they don’t have this platform yet. So how do you divide the podium and share the mic?

TAYLOR: We actually have a white audience, and I once had an editor say to me, “I read your magazine because it’s the only one that doesn’t make me feel like I need to read your magazine. review,
like i’m missing something. “The magazine should be the place where we go to be affirmed, informed, inspired to talk, to have our voices heard.

DEVILISH: I love that word, “affirmative.” Because a lot of times people think magazines are cravings, but at the end of the day… you should aspire to be yourself.

TAYLOR: What is the best version of you you can be and keep discovering what that is. The magazine has a
responsibility to help you navigate that journey of discovery.

DAVIS: Whenever I’m asked, “What makes you feel beautiful?” I feel most beautiful when I tell the truth. When you become a truth-teller, you will really open up
definition of this beauty. Not just skin care and lipstick. That’s identity, that’s humanity.

TAYLOR: I think women, in general, are looking for purposeful ways, to make their reasons clear.

https://www.allure.com/story/editors-letter-melanin-edit-issue Allure’s Melanin Edit Issue Celebrates the Many Shades That Combine to Make Our Nation’s Beauty Great

Sarah Ridley

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