We are still loudly celebrating Black History Month. There are so many Black women who have paved their way in the fashion industry. They deserve their flowers and should enjoy smelling them. These beautiful stylish women have braved diversity in an industry that has tried to leave us in the cold. They have done it with style and grace. All these influencers are 40 plus fine as heck, have impeccable style while doing it effortlessly.
I will not be sharing their ages because honestly it’s none of my business but know all these Black influences are 40 and over. We know the rules to never ask a woman her age. They are all using their platforms to support, encourage, and revolutionize the fashion industry.
Kellie Brown’s website And I Get Dressed was started as a blog and has grown into a global brand and networking outlet for women everywhere. Her goal is to highlight style, beauty, travel, and “lifestyle beyond perceived ‘limitations’ of one’s body type or sizes.” As a marketing maven, she has created the #FatAtFashionweek and Fat Icon t-shirts that have been seen everywhere. Kellie’s style is youthful, fun, and expresses all kinds of moods. Her Fashion week street style is beyond swoon-worthy.
Ty Alexander is a renaissance woman, whatever she puts her hands on it turns to gold. She is a bestseller author of “Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died“, a podcaster, and wellness blogger who teaches women how to choose gratitude over grief. As a content creator, she has worked with Dove, Anthropologie, Cadillac, Estee Lauder, State Farm, Amtrak, and Ulta Beauty. All of that said she’s also a DJ. If you a looking for a wellness podcast to enjoy, listen to Self Care IRL.
Grown and Curvy
Georgette has never been afraid to discuss her age and the struggles that occur when feeling left out of the plus-size fashion conversation. Sometimes even being the butt of mean and unnecessary jokes. The tagline of her blog says it all. “Where style has no age or size.” All you need to do is go through the first page on her Instagram or blog to see her impeccable style. She is the impiety of bold fearless style. If you are looking for inspiration, check out her blog HERE.
The Je ne sais quoi
Jeniese’s style will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone. Whether you’re looking for workwear or the perfect outfit to hang out with the girls. Her style has a classic feel with a flare of boldness. She has worked with Lane Bryant, Catherine and has been spotted on the cover of Redbrook. She is a fanatic about Alabama football while being fly doing it. Follow her on Instagram and get inspired.
Nikki Free Style
Nikki’s blog has everything that any fashionable woman can imagine. There are tips for body confidence, skincare, beauty, where to shop for the perfect bra, and reviews on hair products. Her style is mixed with high-end brands and moderate. She has a great sense of style and an eye for bright colors and bold prints.
When we talk about trendsetting and breaking all the barriers Marie Denee can’t be left out of the conversation. She had made it her business to be the guiding lifeline of plus-size fashion by having the hard conversations and simply making things happen. Marie has put a lot of blood, sweat, and tear into TFC. She’s been in the game since 2008 and deserves her flowers.
I’ll be 40 next year and with age you become fearless. Fashion becomes an amazing outlet to express yourself and break every rule that you were once told you couldn’t do. These women haven’t let anything stop them from speaking their truths and being the fashion trendsetters that they are.