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Brown Beauties Brunching - Melanin on the Runway

Four Brown Girls (FBG) is a movement dedicated to redefine the modern day Black woman by not only challenging misrepresentations and stereotypes of Black womanhood, but also by creating a strong community of women empowered through a network devoted to their every need. Since 2015, FBG has reunited thousands of women from different backgrounds to share, discuss and create bonds that only led to a stronger community.

On Sunday November 6th come join FBG as they host their signature Brown Beauties Brunching (BBB) event in Toronto. This year's brunch, entitled Melanin on the Runway, will feature a series of prominent Black women who will explore the reconciliation between culture, identity, and fashion from the black female perspective. It will be an inspirational exchange between women while enjoying brunch style canapés, signature cocktails, networking and an interactive discussion panel.

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Brown Beauties Brunching - Mélanine sur la passerelle

Four Brown Girls (FBG) est un mouvement dédié à redéfinir la Femme Noire moderne en défiant les représentations erronées et les stéréotypes qui touchent la féminité noire mais en créant une solide communauté de femmes fortes à travers un réseau dévoué à tous leurs besoins. Depuis 2015, FBG a réuni des milliers de femmes de différents horizon afin de partager, discuter et créer des liens qui menèront vers une communauté plus renforcée.

Le Dimanche 6 février, venez rejoindre FBG lors de leur événement Brunch des Beautés Brunes (BBB) qui se déroulera à Montréal. Le brunch de cette année intitulé "Mélanine sur la Passerelle" présentera une série de femmes noires accomplies qui exploreront la réconciliation entre culture, identité et carrière d'un point de vue afro-féminin. Ce sera un échange inspirant et éducatifs autour de cocktails, petites bouchées et réseautage.

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When I think of #blackgirlmagic, I think of all of us in our different skin tones, shapes, sizes and shades of black.
— Kiitana
 
 

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

#Blackgirlmagic to me is how strong and resilient and powerful we are. I look around and I see black women as CEOs, owning their own companies, raising strong black boys and girls in an environment that isn’t skewed in our favor. We as women have had to overcome so much to even be in the same room not to speak of having a seat at the table.

My mom moved from Nigeria with 4 young children, 2 boys and 2 girls by herself. I must say she did an amazing job (if I do say so myself.) She raised us to embrace our culture and our innate awesomeness. At the time, this phrase wasn’t around. But I saw it everyday and I’m a product of it. I know I’m strong and I know I can be anything I want to be in this world.

So when I think of #blackgirlmagic, I think of all of us in our different skin tones, shapes, sizes and shades of black. I know we’re realizing just how magical we really are.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is ‘No one is you and that is your power by Dave Grohl’. It embodies why I do what I do. There are so many people out there doing similar things and that’s fine. I’m my own person and no-one is me. Knowing who you are and knowing that your story is different from anyone else makes all the difference.

Who is your style icon and why?

My style is inspired by so many women who have done it before me and are doing it now. I draw from all the eras and pick and choose what I love from everything around me. To pick just one person, I’d have to say Solange. She’s confident, creative and fearless. She wears what she wants and owns it in such a way that no matter who you are or if you would wear the outfit or not, you can’t help but love it (not that she cares if you do.)

What is your superpower?

I guess one that comes to mind is being able instantly switch up my look. I’m always trying new things with my hair and clothes. Be it new textures, lengths and/or styles. Being able to embody them and make them my own is my own version of a superpower.

#Blackgirlmagic is more than a hashtag, it is about celebrating the greatness of black women to its entirety.
— Lateesha K. Ector
 
 

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

The idea of this trending term is a way for us to celebrate ourselves. It is about empowering one another, regardless of our skin tone, hair texture, or size. Embracing who we are, and what we represent. It goes beyond our features, but as far as our accomplishments. Social media is at the palm of our hands and at the tip of our fingers, and this is an opportunity for "us" to shine. We cannot rely on the news and major headlines to always cover our success. #Blackgirlmagic is more than a hashtag, it is about celebrating the greatness of black women to its entirety.

What is your favorite quote?

"Stay ready so you don't have to get ready"

Who is your style icon and why?

Dorothy Dandridge. She had a simple style and always wore it with class. It was the perfect balance between classy and sexy.

What is your superpower?

Making people laugh. It is not a superpower but laughter is definitely one of the greatest medecines for the mind and body. Feeling good comes from within, and it takes that one little giggle to make someone feel better.

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.