Real Beauty Moment: Looking Back


Beauty has always been a part of my life. Growing up, my family has always been conscious about, even going to the supermarket, you need to look flawless so I grew up with a sense of always showing pride wherever I go.

Looking Back

I wish I was a bit more confident in my younger years. I changed a lot. I blossomed a bit since my younger years. I used to have a big gap. I got braces. I wish I would have just embraced the weird things about me because now it’s all about anything crazy is so cool and so unique. I definitely want to have children. I want to help them to embrace every weird thing about them because it’s going to set them apart.


Diversity Matters

Working in the fashion industry is tough. Being a black woman in the fashion industry is tough. I’m one of very few within my company—I work at Tibi—and I rock it with pride. I try to mentor African American girls, men, whoever, that want to get into the industry because it is tough and there are a lot of stigmas about black women in general. I always just try to have a positive attitude and show that we rock and that we’re beautiful in all shades.  I think we need more representation in general in the fashion industry, dark women, brown women, everyone in general.

Tehretta Hines, IG: Mzturan

Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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