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5 Genius Fashion and Beauty Innovators We’re Obsessed With Right Now—Including Jackets Made of Tinsel; Black-founded Beauty Brands; and a Skincare Critic

by Marie Lodi

Meet some of the beauty and fashion creators keeping us inspired this winter.

Pull Up for Change: Supporting Black Founders

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When it comes to revolutionizing the beauty industry, no one is doing it like Sharon Chuter. In the past two years, the Uoma Beauty CEO and founder launched Pull Up for Change, which calls on corporations to be transparent and hire more Black people in leadership roles, and Make It Black, which partners with beauty brands to support Black founders through impact funds. 

Rachel Burke Makes Tinsel Timeless

RB TINSEL 0e5e2Photo: Rachel BurkeCraft materials get transformed into whimsical couture in the world of Rachel Burke (@imakestagram). The artist and designer makes fanciful pom-pom dresses and pipe-cleaner crowns, but she is especially known for her tinsel jackets, which instantly turn any occasion into a party. 

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Clothing designer and artist Micheline Pitt partners with film studios to create wearable nostalgia through her fashion brands Vixen by Micheline Pitt and La Femme en Noir. Think retro-style clothing that goes up to size 4X and is inspired by childhood film favorites like Ghostbusters, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice (seen here), and Sleepy Hollow

Wonderful Wigs

WIG f33e0Photo: Brooke HansenWigs can be more than just fake hair; they’re also works of art, especially the ones by wig artist Annie Hardt (@anniehardt.wigs). She makes elaborate hair sculptures that resemble everything from cacti to high heels to ocean waves, or have secret compartments where you can hide a glass of wine. Marie Antoinette is so jealous right now. – M.L.

Skincare Smackdown 

F9112182 B4B5 40DA 8232 D0B5314E9B6E e34f4Photo: Jessica DeFinoJessica DeFino might be a controversial beauty culture critic (she claims skincare is a scam), but it makes me kind of love her, and her newsletter, The Unpublishable, even more. Recent editions excoriated Joe Jonas for being the new face of a Botox alternative (quoting Audre Lorde in the process) and offered a breakdown of the beauty brands backing abortion bans. – Lisa Butterworth

This article originally appeared in BUST’s Winter 2022-2023 print edition. Subscribe today!

Top images: Sharon Chuter, Rachel Burke, Jessica DeFino

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