It’s Black History Month in the U.S, and while we believe that every month is Black History Month, we want to take time to celebrate some of the biggest Black female inspirations to us here at Boho Locs HQ, so we sat down with a cuppa to discuss the beautiful Queens that came before us.
As you know we are all about uplifting and empowering Black Women so it’s only right we pay homage to those who came before us across generations, industries and the world!
The small island girl left her hometown of St. Michael Parish in Barbados at the age of 16 to audition in for Jay Z and soon after catapulted to stardom. Although we got no new music in 2019 (sigh) her albums remain to be some of our fave music to get glam to, Anti remaining in the top 100 even years after being released.
Her quick-wit, savage persona, philanthropy, and every day fashion slay has seen her work her way into our hearts and build a business empire in the fashion and beauty worlds with Fenty. We continue to stan!
Madam CJ Walker
One of Lulu’s biggest inspirations, this entrepreneur, philanthropist, political and social activists stories is one of female empowerment to the highest degree.
With $1.25 to her name she developed her own range of hair products and straighteners. Her journey is one of growth, after opening her factory, employing over 40,000 African American Women and Men, teaching them through her training programme the ‘Walker System and establishing the National Negro Cosmetics Manafactures Assosciaton in 1917.
Her reputation, wealth and determination is what makes her one of Boho Locs’ leading ladies! We can't wait to see the series about her, Self Made, when it drops on Netflix.
Maya Angelou was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman. While her early life was full of struggles and pain, Angelou did not let this overcome her. One of her most famous works ‘On The Pulse Of Morning’ Angelou wrote this poem especially for and recited at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ceremony in January 1993. The occasion marked the first inaugural recitation since 1961.
To us her story of success teaches us that there is always a hope, as she famously said ‘If you don’t like something change it, if you can’t change it, change your attitude’.
The most searched tennis player, this incredibly talented Queen is the embodiment of strength, skill and commitment. Having won more Grand Slam singles titles (23) than any other woman or man during the open era, Williams completely revolutionised women's tennis with her powerful style of play.
She learned tennis through her father in Los Angeles, before turning professional in 95 just a year after her sister Venus. The duo have achieved 14 Grand Slam doubles titles over their careers, proving a force not be reckoned with!
Serena married in 2017 to her husband Alex Ohanian and had a gorgeous baby girl, check out the clip below to see her supporting her Mum and Auntie during an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi!
We had to include Queen B herself, it wouldn’t be a Boho Locs blog without her!
In 2018 she became the first ever Black Women to headline the in famous Coachella and boy did we get the performance of a lifetime! In 2019 we saw the release of HOMECOMING on Netflix along with the live album on Spotify (my most played album of 2019 as my Spotify wrapped told me) and the backing track for the majority of our shoots.
Beyonce’s fame is one that comes around once in a lifetime, and her devotion, work ethic and ability to succeed wherever she turns her hand makes her one our biggest inspirations.
There are SO many more Black Queens we'd love to have on this list, who are your leading ladies?
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