Whether it's 1940s-era designers copying our Sunday church hats or Bo Derek rocking cornrows in "10," Black women have always inspired the world with our effortless personal style. But throughout history, a handful of women have taken the "style muse" thing one step further, making a culture-altering impact on the business of global hair, beauty, and skincare. From Madame C.J. Walker to Naomi Sims, these powerful black beauty pioneers have shaped the way we present ourselves to the world. In honor of Black History Month, we salute the top ten black beauty movers and shakers of all time.
In the early ‘90s, Brooklynite Lisa Price began whipping up all-natural skin and hair care products for her friends, which soon sparked a successful mail-order company. Before she knew it, the brand became Carol’s Daughter, and her faithful devotees included Steve Stoute, Mary J. Blige, Jay Z, Jada Pinkett Smith and Oprah. Now a multi-million dollar company, Carol’s Daughter’s delicious-smelling, good-for-you products are a bonafide phenomenon—and Lisa Price is one of the most successful beauty businesswomen in the country.