Just this week, Julee Wilson, beauty director at Cosmopolitan, published a massive list of 125 Black-owned beauty brands to “support right freakin’ now.” Akili King, Vogue’s beauty editorial assistant, and Noami Elizée, Vogue’s associate market editor, both shared a list of 55 Black-owned brands to support “now, and always.”
Read through, bookmark and seek out these brands — some of which you may already be familiar with — the next time you plan to purchase something. Then commit to supporting them long term.
There is a whole Instagram account, Blak Business, dedicated to sharing the works of Australian Indigenous mob all over Australia.
Olivia Williams, a proud Wiradjuri woman, runs the account and provides followers with accessible explainers on various topics around Indigenous Australia while promoting Black businesses.
“Purchasing and wearing merchandise such as jewellery, clothing and tote bags from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses is one way allies can support the Indigenous community,” she said in an Instagram post while breaking down the question “is it OK for non-Indigenous people to wear Indigenous merch?”
Olivia urged buyers to be thoughtful and selective about what merch they choose to wear. For instance, fashion that explicitly represents the Indigenous community is often seen as inappropriate for non-Indigenous people to wear, for example, a T-shirt that says “Blak Girl Magic” or “Straight Out of Dreamtime.”
“These pieces are not intended for non-Indigenous people,” Olivia explained.
Below, 11 picks from Black-owned fashion and beauty brands you can buy right now.
Haus of Dizzy
These gorgeous accessories by Kristy Dickinson have been worn by the likes of Lauryn Hill. Kristy told Marlee Silva on Mamamia’s Tiddas 4 Tiddas podcast the name Haus of Dizzy came from a Newtown house party she threw with her roommates because Dizzy was a term of endearment to her best friends.
Indigenous pride pieces include ‘Sovereignty Never Ceded’ and ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ earrings.
“These are a range that I have made to remind us of our history and how strong and resilient our First Nations people are,” Kristy wrote on Instagram.
“We have survived so much in our lives and we keep on surviving!”
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Jamie Feldman contributed to this report.