OH. EM. GEE.
Let me just start by saying that my love for Kahlana Barfield Brown runs deep, okay! Like she's up there with my absolute fave June Ambrose. She's a gorgeous, melanin-infused style GAWD and being great as an editor over at Instyle. What's not for me to love, honestly? She is living the essence of my dream life. *sigh*
So for those who don't know who Kahlana is, she is the Fashion & Beauty Editor-at-Large at Instyle and is also a regular fixture on daytime television where she discusses the latest trends in fashion and beauty. She is a "fashion obsessive and beauty aficionado," and I love every bit of her ministry! I remember stumbling upon her article Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl last year, an essay that explored her experience with colorism and sort of outlining the plight of a dark-skinned girl, finding her identity, establishing self love and black pride and so much more! I identified with Kahlana so much more after reading her piece. Never before had I seen someone tell this kind of story so eloquently and had it hit so close to home for me. I love when people on fashion-based platforms use their authority to bring to light topics that extend beyond the superficiality of the fashion and beauty industries. THAT'S the part of the industry that I'm striving to be a part of. It was beautiful, to say the least. It caused me to reflect on my personal experience growing up and learning (and relearning) to love the skin and body that God blessed me with. To see how far I've come mentally is such an amazing thing to me.
But I digress. That's definitely another topic for a different day! *just wait on it!*
Bottom line: I love Kahlana! She's also living her best life, and it has me so inspired. She's enjoying married life with her best friend, being a new mother to her baby girl, being a key player at Instyle, serving looks everyday and just getting involved with and doing cool things in her day-to-day routine. She's just so cool, man! Ugh!
Scrolling through my IG feed the other day, she blessed me with yet another slay, and I felt led to share the ministry of Kahlana Barfield Brown. Get into her slay below!
Photo Credit: Instagram / @kahlanabarfield
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