It’s great being a beauty editor and being a black woman because I love integrating voices into the beauty conversation that have never been there before. That’s always been my main mission of writing about fashion and beauty—to have people representative. I like to tell myself that I want to be the person that I wish existed when I was a teenager when I was reading magazines and I was like, ‘oh, I don’t know how to apply this to my skin color or I don’t know how to do this to my hair.’ I want to be that person that helps young “Chanels” thrive in their beauty lives.
I actually dyed my hair in college and it all fell out. That inspired me to go natural. That kind of changed the way I approach my beauty routine and be more careful about it and take care of myself more. But also taught me to take risks. Even though I did that and it ruined my hair I was like, well now I’m going to go bleach blonde.
Teens on the internet who do a bunch of beauty stuff inspire me. I’m like, oh, I didn’t know I could wear that purple but now I’m going to because this teen is wearing it and they’re so much cooler than me.
Chanel Parks, HuffPost Style Associate Editor