October marks Black History Month, and while we support creatives year-round, this is an opportunity to spotlight the amazing work within the Black community. From stylists, writers, content creators and editors, here are some of the most exciting creatives to follow right now...
Celebrity stylist and beauty addict Melissa Holdbrook-Akposoe is not only the brains behind rapper Stormzy's 'fits, but was also the muse for his latest release Mel Made Me Do It, appearing, lint roller in hand, for a cameo in the epic 10-minute music video.
Nella Rose, affectionately known as the 'people's princess,' first gained fame by posting content from her university kitchen. Her incredible journey includes winning Youtuber of the Year, gracing the cover of Notion magazine, collaborating with PLT, and hosting her very own Channel 4 show, 'Tapped Out.'
Photographer Serena Brown has worked on amazing campaigns and shoots with the likes of Levi's, Rolling Stone and, of Grazia's cover with Lioness Chloe Kelly.
You pretty much can't scroll on TikTok or Instagram without seeing Asher Glean. The creative has shot to 2 million followers posting relatable funny skits on the internet.
Thomas Kwofie's passion for fashion ignited at the age of 19 when he began styling friends. His breakthrough moment was in 2014, representing 'The Allotment Store' as a buyer at London Fashion Week, thanks to the boutique's owner. This experience opened doors to numerous opportunities, as he collaborated with renowned brands like Gucci, Prada, Reebok, M. Margiela, Rick Owens, and Bape, among others.
Victor Kunda kickstarted his career on TikTok without a word. Not just a comedy sensation, he's also made a mark in the fashion world, gracing events in London and Paris. Notably, during the Autumn/Winter 2022 season, he sat among fashion icons like Kate Moss and Anna Wintour at Burberry's show.
Spearheading the Afro-dance scene, you've probably seen Nifé on your phone screen once or twice! The choreographer, dancer and vlogger, has a following of 3 million across TikTok and Instagram and is the brains of many viral dances.
Wumni Bello is a multi-talented individual. As a model, host, influencer, and podcaster, there's seemingly nothing she can't do. Her personal channel boasts an impressive 40k followers, where she interviews prominent figures and collaborates with charities like Barnado's. She's undoubtedly a 'woman on a mission.'
90s Baby Show
An episode of the 90s Baby Podcast guarantees laughter. Hosted by Fred Santana, Temi Alchemy, and VP, this podcast delves into current topics and aims to connect different generations. Starting as a hobby six years ago, it has now become a full-time commitment for the hosts.
By nurturing her personal brand, Eva Apio has cultivated strong connections with prestigious heritage brands like Louis Vuitton and Burberry. Her versatility shines through as she seamlessly transitions from street style and sneakers to full-on glamour, earning her big campaigns and recognition in numerous fashion magazines.
New York-based journalist and editor Marjon Carlos has had work appearing in Vogue.com, Elle US, Harper's Bazaar US, Ebony and New York Magazine to name a few, alongside hosting podcast Your Favorite Auntie.
Launching her eponymous label back in 2018, Ahluwalia, which started as a menswear brand, has since gone on to win the 2020 LVMH Prize, launch womenswear, and drop collaborations with the likes of Ganni. Fashion aside, the designer made her directorial debut earlier this year with short film Beloved, partnering with Black Dog Films.
New York-based stylist, creative director and content creator Mecca James-Williams has worked with model of the moment Paloma Elsesser, Coveteur, and Carhartt.
Currently Content Editor at creative members’ club, Soho House, and the host of Dazed x MUBI Cinema Club, where she presents live Q&As with filmmakers, Sagal Mohammed is a writer and editor covering the fashion, art and entertainment industries. She recently joined the BSME as a committee member, advocating for meaningful steps towards creating a more inclusive media industry for young people of colour.
Founder of fashion label Kai Collective, Fisayo Longe, who made Forbes' 30 Under 30 list, creates beautifully bright clothing and swimwear.
Alongside working with A-Listers on red carpet looks, hairstylist Issac Poleon is known for creating incredible hair editorials that have featured in publications such as V and The Face.
Lagos-born, now London-based, photographer and director Christina Ebenezer specialises in creating beautifully warm images and portraits, shooting for the likes of British Vogue, Selfridges and Paul Smith. Named as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30: Arts and Culture Leaders for 2022, she is definitely someone to have on your radar.
Stylist Ola Ebiti has worked on campaigns for Gucci and styled editorials for the likes of System and Dazed, working with photographers such as Joshua Woods and Danny Kasirye.
Yas On The Internet
Yas, otherwise known as @yasontheinternet, is a digital creator, model, TV and video producer, famous for her high street fashion inspiration, viral Reels and super shoppable edits.
Felicia Pennant is not only an award-winning journalist and creative, but the features editor for Matches Fashion. She's also the founder of Season Zine, the brilliant football and fashion publication.
With a client roster including Loewe, Warehouse and Carolina Herrera, head to CEO and creative director @abimarvel for all the fashion, style, beauty, interiors and lifestyle inspiration you need.
This model has walked shows across the globe, taking to the runways for brands such as Saint Laurent, Fendi, and David Koma (to name a few!). But Bibi Abdulkadir is also the founder of 'Bibi's Books', a book club that explores diversity in literature, gives recommendations, hosts meet-ups and curates must-read edits.
Needing no real introduction, stylist and consultant Gabriella Karefa-Johnson is the global fashion editor-at-large for Vogue, working on iconic fashion shoots with Serena Williams, Bella Hadid and Adut Akech Bior that have appeared on covers across the globe.