Gabrielle Union Joins Black Beauty Roster Virtual Summit: Diversifying Beauty in Hollywood

In a first-of-its-kind digital event, presented in partnership with L’Oréal Paris and SHOWTIME®, Black Beauty Roster (BBR) will bring together beauty pros and Hollywood insiders to learn, discuss, and advocate for a much-needed shift in representation in the entertainment and beauty industries.

NEW YORK--()--On February 28, Black Beauty Roster will host a one-day virtual event to discuss some of the most relevant and important topics facing people of color (POC), particularly Black creatives working in beauty and entertainment today.

Powered by Bonnti, in partnership with industry leaders L’Oréal Paris and SHOWTIME, the BBR Virtual Summit is free and open to beauty and entertainment professionals who are passionate about building their brand, gaining new skills, and driving a more equitable and inclusive industry for all. Gabrielle Union, actress and founder of haircare line Flawless by Gabrielle Union, will share her experiences in the industry during a special fireside chat.

“Early in my career, I struggled to work with beauty professionals that were trained to work with my hair texture and skin tone,” said Union. “I can’t emphasize enough how important the work that Black Beauty Roster is doing to transform the industry and ensure every individual who sits in a beauty professional’s chair walks away feeling flawless.”

The event will feature a series of panels and breakout sessions where attendees can hear from established beauty veterans and Hollywood insiders. These sessions will cover topics unique to POC beauty professionals, including everything from tips to breaking into film & TV and negotiating rates, to tutorials on the basics of textured hair and shade matching.

Hosted by Black Beauty Roster co-founders, Simone Tetteh and Maude Okrah, the BBR Virtual Summit will include special sessions from members of the Black Beauty Roster Leadership Council, including celebrity hairstylists Vernon François and Larry Sims, celebrity makeup artist Sir John, model Mamé Adjei, and many more.

“We created Black Beauty Roster to support Black beauty professionals while simultaneously driving a larger conversation on the topic of representation in the industry,” said Simone Tetteh, co-founder of Black Beauty Roster and Bonnti. “The need for these conversations has escalated over the past year, as beauty professionals continue to struggle to keep their businesses afloat. We want to provide the skills, resources, and tools to help anyone succeed in this field.”

This live-streamed event is an opportunity to redefine beauty standards in entertainment, shape cultural conversations, and provide support to POC beauty professionals who have faced unique challenges throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Individuals interested in attending the BBR Virtual Summit can visit to register for free. The event will take place on February 28th from 12 pm EST to 8 pm EST.

To learn more about Black Beauty Roster and its mission, please visit:

About Bonnti

Bonnti’s mission is to give more people of color a voice and choice in beauty. Founded by Maude Okrah and Simone Tetteh, Bonnti is a luxury beauty concierge that provides consumers with a personalized at-home beauty experience. Bonnti’s beauty artists are trained to work with a diverse set of clients with varying hair textures and skin types to ensure each customer has their needs met with care.

About Black Beauty Roster

Black Beauty Roster is a platform dedicated to providing education, opportunity, and allyship to BIPOC beauty professionals as well as an education to non-POC on textured hair and darker skin tones. BBR was created by the founders of Bonnti with the aim of creating a path toward representation in the beauty industry, while supporting the challenges that Black beauty professionals are facing during the pandemic.


Simone Tetteh, Co-Founder

Maude Okrah, Co-Founder

Release Summary

Black Beauty Roster announces BBR Virtual Summit, a digital event to promote diversity and inclusivity in the beauty and entertainment industry.



Simone Tetteh, Co-Founder

Maude Okrah, Co-Founder