Jul 12, 2017

Shades of Beauty Expo Returns to Saint Paul RiverCentre Aug. 12

Making its return this August, the Shades of Beauty Expo seeks to celebrate the beauty and strength of women of color through exhibits and demonstrations that embody health and wellness from the inside out while also connecting them with businesses and organizations that acknowledge and appreciate their beauty.

The day begins with the Ambassadors of Beauty Brunch featuring keynote speaker, Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber. Deshauna was crowned the first Miss USA to currently serve in the United States military. She is a survivor of child sexual abuse and wants to inspire other survivors to fight through the fears of their past. Deshauna has also overcome extreme bullying from a young age and after the recent loss of her mother to cancer, she wants to encourage people to focus on loving yourself and the people around you. Join us as we hear the inspirational story of survival and triumph which led to her eventually becoming a history making national symbol of strength and beauty.

After hearing from our fabulous speaker, we will honor our 2017 Ambassadors of Beauty Award finalists: De'Vonna Bentley-Pitman, Taquisha Brown, Princess Titus Nelson, Neda Renee and Angela Winston Hebert. This is an exceptional group of people who go above and beyond to uplift, encourage and empower women and girls of color throughout the Twin Cities by motivating others to love themselves from the inside out, fighting to eliminate health disparities and working hard to make sure that every woman understands her worth.

The day continues with the Shades Of Beauty Expo, where attendees can connect with top healthcare organizations, learn hair and makeup tips from industry professionals, get mini makeovers, enjoy relaxing massages and interact with a diverse group of health and beauty companies.

Experts will educate on how to be beautiful both inside and out through workshops, panel discussions and demonstrations focused on nutrition, spiritual wellness, fitness, beauty, fashion and the portrayal of women of color in society. Speakers and presenters include:

  • Jasmine Boudah, parent advocate, doula and author of "Mothering Through Pain and Suffering in Silence"
  • Essence Jones, creator and owner of Protect Your Crown: An Insight Into Mental Health
  • Sanni Brown, entertainer, speaker and TV / radio host
  • Cindy Kaigama, president and founder of Healing Virtue, LLC
  • LaToya Bell, beauty educator, event speaker and leadership coach
  • Melanie Savage, owner of CoCo Fashions
  • Caroline Carter, CEO and founder of Caroline's Raw Cuisine, LLC

Tendai Morris, Missouri-based veteran hair stylist and creator of Healthy Hair Solutions