Beauty standards are not universal. The societal view of conventional beauty in high fashion is generally thin, white women. The shift towards Afrocentric models began with the rise of supermodels like Grace Jones, Beverly Johnson and Iman in international fashion markets. Their striking good looks, exotic dark skin and strong-willed charisma paved the way for Black models for decades including the illustrious Nyanyai Deng. This southern Sudanese model from the Wau Village has modeled for numerous glossy editorials since her 2004 debut after being scouted at modeling audition in her early teens. The model’s fascinating beauty garnered her lucrative modeling gigs although she no longer models consistently since the birth of her children.

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With the internet making fame so easy these days, it makes the standout of true talent that much harder to identify Some talented souls refuse to stand in the shadows though. Being a smart, funny, and skilled individual can put you into the spotlight. Internet sensation-turned-cable star, Issa Rae has used all of the above with a dash of personality to reach the top, and right now she’s on fire.

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Whether he was decked out in a pink and yellow suit or mix and matched polka dots with plaid, Craig Sager lived a colorful, exciting life. Known for his unconventional style, sense of humor and lively attitude. Sager was a sports journalist who pioneered side-line reporting covering baseball, football, basketball and Olympic sporting events. Sager knew how to speak to people and made anybody feel special; he knew how to say the right words at the right time. Former Detroit Pistons star, Dennis Rodman was contemplating suicide in 1993 and says in a tweet, “Craig Sager thanks for saving my life when I was in dire need of help in Detroit back in 1993.” Rodman went AWOL in 1993 and Sager tracked him down and talked him out of committing suicide; right words, right time.

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