Editor’s Note: Marvel At Your Own Greatness, Celebrating 1 Year Of BeyondClassicallyBeautiful.com!

Abi Ishola


I am good at a lot of stuff.  I can say that now without feeling shy or shrinking as those words exist my mouth.  I’m really, really great at a lot of stuff, actually.  I had to say it again. My gifts span various fields of interest.  I step back and look at the things I create and get excited.  It feels good to be on the path of mastering the things I love most. The best part about being good at stuff is actually having the audacity to go out and do “stuff.”

One of the things I marvel at most is the creation of BeyondClassicallyBeautiful.com.  This month we officially cross the one year threshold!  It hasn’t been easy.  In fact, it’s been quite challenging to juggle family, my day job, and running this website and our social media platforms.  There’s no way I could do this without people like Yetty Bames, our Beauty Editor at Large, Marcelle Hutchins, our features contributor, Jaynelle Stewart, our Beauty Editor, my husband, Kunle Ayodeji who is the photographer behind all of our photo series, and all of the other contributors who’ve blessed us with their magic!  I’m so grateful to anyone who has ever visited this website, read our articles, left a comment, praised our various photo series, stopped to let me take your photo in the streets of New York, Paris, London, and beyond, and simply wished us well.

This has been a labor of love.  It feels so good to celebrate black women this way and what’s even better is that it feels like my true calling!  Within the past few years I’ve settled into this truth and it feels good.  This sentiment goes beyond calling myself a boss or boss chick or whatever the popular phrases are.  I am gifted, I am blessed, and I’m sharing those blessings and gifts to inspire others.  The world is mine for the taking.  It’s yours too.  Make sure you don’t sleep on your abilities and the universal law that what you give out will come back.  I look around and see so many gifted women who haven’t come into full bloom, which is completely understandable.  If you haven’t fully come into your own, take one step towards your true self by saying to yourself, “I’m good at a lot of stuff.”  Then move towards planning how you will share those gifts.  The world is waiting for you.

Stay tuned for another year of coverage of the most Beyond Classically Beautiful women!

Keep Shining,

Abi Ishola

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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