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Si on a la peau foncée, c’est pour foncer et défoncer des portes.
— Dorothy Rhau

Comment définissez-vous #blackgirlmagic?

Étincelante, éblouissante, forte, surprenante, inattendue, radieuse, capable, croyante, attirante, alchimiste, une personne qui détonne, impossible veut dire possible pour la femme noire.

Quelle est votre citation préférée?

Étrangement, une citation qui vient de moi: Si on a la peau foncée, c'est pour foncer et défoncer des portes. Une citation qui fait référence à notre couleur de peau, lourde d'histoires et riche en victoires.

Qui est votre icône de style et pourquoi?

Ma mère! Lorsque j'étais enfant, avant que je ne puisse voir des femmes noires qui me ressemblent à la télé ou dans les magazines, c'est ma mère que j'admirais et que je contemplais méticuleusement. De sa manières à descendre les marches d'escalier en talon aiguille svp, jusqu'à l'audace qu'elle avait dans ses tenues. Ma mère osait porter des décolletés et s'assumait. Qu'elle femme était-ce mais ça, c'était avant sa rencontre avec Jésus!!! Elle m'a inculqué une formation classique de tout ce qui est de la mode...grâce à cette base....je peux aisément me promener d'un look à un autre.

Quelle est votre super pouvoir?

La joie! Sans ça cette joie...je ne sais pas comment j'aurai pu être encore debout! C'est la joie qui m'anime, qui me fait sourire et me fait encore émerveiller comme une gamine. Je n'ai pas peur du ridicule. Quand je ris...c'est le chant de ma joie qu'on entend. Dans mon cas...c'est de l'opéra! Parce que la joie vit en moi...il y a peu de place à la colère et au chagrin. L'amertume et la rancune ne font pas bon ménage avec la joie. La joie aide à pardonner. Bref, la joie c'est la petite soeur de l'amour.

For me #blackgirlmagic is that unbreakable spirit we have inherited from our ancestors.
— Camille Dundas

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

For me #blackgirlmagic is that unbreakable spirit we have inherited from our ancestors. It’s the fact that we continue to shine through our scars, continue to succeed and exceed with an envied air of grace and beauty. It’s magic because it’s elusive. It’s something everyone wants, but not everyone knows how to get.

What is your favorite quote?

"I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art. When you read some books they are fantastic, the writer touches something in you that you know you would not have brought out of yourself. He makes you discover something interesting in your life. If you are living like an animal, what is the point of living? What makes daily life interesting is that we try to transform it to something that is close to art." - Arsene Wenger

Who is your style icon and why?

Hands down Solange Knowles! She’s not here for your limitations and I love that. She takes risks, she loves herself and she’s down right bad ass.

What is your superpower?

I have an uncanny ability to determine whether someone will have a positive or negative impact on my life after meeting them just once. This is a superpower I somehow developed after turning 30 and having kids. It’s like I could suddenly see right to the core of people, past all the B-S. I don’t know how or why this superpower decided to kick in at that point in my life, but it has NEVER been wrong since, not even once.

When life gives us lemons, we make magical lemonade.
— Abisara Machold

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

When life gives us lemons, we make magical lemonade. Our creativity never seizes to impress and inspire the world.

What is your favorite quote?

The only constant things in the world is change.

Who is your style icon and why?

Lupita Nyong'o, Solange Knowles, Art Comes First.

What is your superpower?

The manifestation of my visions.

#blackgirlmagic is Black women who inspire, empower and conquer the odds
— Aiesha Robinson

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

Black woman who inspire, empower and conquer the odds.

What is your favorite quote?

"Whatever it is you are going through, is going to get you through." - Oprah

Who is your style icon and why?

Maria Borges. I fell in love when she made a huge statement on the Victoria Secret Fashion Show by wearing her afro. I respect her so much for that!! She showed strength, power, confidence & acceptance of oneself. The key elements every woman should carry.

What is your superpower?

Being two tones at once!

As a Black Girl magic I see oppression as a challenge and not a defeat.
— Vickie Joseph

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

We’ve surmounted years oppression, but as a Black Girl magic I see oppression as a challenge and not a defeat.

What is your favorite quote?

“The time is always right to do something right" - Martin Luther King

Who is your style icon and why?

Chanel, Effortless, Timeless elegance, which are for me the definition of a strong powerful woman.

What is your superpower?

Sharing the love even though my cup is full.