10 Women of Color to Watch in the Wellness Space

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As we continue to grow in today’s age, many are taking a closer look at their own wellness practice at the current stage of their life. Black and other women of color are leading the charge for the benefit of their community’s overall health. They span across the beauty industry to health to self-wellness. These women continue to engage in their health by outreaching to their own communities through the innovation of social media. All of these women are great examples of women that are challenging that status-quo of what it means to be healthy.  Take a look at these inspiring examples of women making waves in the health and wellness space while remaining  true to themselves and their craft.


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Lauren Ash, Creator of Black Girl in Om & Co-Founder of Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash


Lauren Ash is a visionary in what it means to be a black woman advocating for intentional living in the wellness space. She is a yoga & meditation guide, speaker and the creator of the platform, Black Girl in Om.  Her vision for Black Girl in Om was created in 2014 for promoting holistic wellness for women of color and has spread throughout the world through many platforms. Black Girl in Om has a podcast that Lauren co-hosts with her Art Director, Deun Ivory, and the online publication called Om with their editor, Chelchee Johns. It has been recognized by many platforms like OWN, Nike, Well + Good, Forbes, CRWN Magazine, Refinery 29, Essence, and more for being the leading platform for contemporary wellness and intentional living. She is also the co-founder of the lifestyle brand, Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash with Deun Ivory. You can follow her on Instagram @hellolaurenash and check out her amazing work with Black Girl in Om on Instagram @blackgirlinom



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Latham Thomas, Founder of Mama Glow, Doula & Author


Latham Thomas, who is also known as “Glow Maven”, is a spiritual leader and master birth doula that is an essential person in the rise of self-wellness. She founded Mama Glow, a great resource for women who are taking control of their own maternal well being. Latham is the author of the best selling book, “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to a Fabulous and Abundant Pregnancy (2012)*” and recently released her next bestseller, “OWN YOUR GLOW: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within (2017)”. She has been recognized as one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, and by the publications  New York Times, Essence, Black Girl in Om, and more. You can follow her on Instagram @glowmaven and her company, Mama Glow, on Instagram @mamaglow.



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Nikisha Brunson, Owner of Folie Apothecary & Co-Founder of Urban Bush Babes


Nikisha Brunson is a woman that many admire for her honesty, strength and raising her son Jaden from the age 16. The wellness guru is known for her inspiring videos that showcases health tips and her lovely captions that inspire others from her own life. Nikisha is the owner of Folie Apothecary, a natural skin care line made in small batches, and co-creator of the online publication, Urban Bush Babes. Her work is featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, XO Necole and other platforms. From a place of struggle, Nikisha always an advocate for the underdog and making things happen for herself & her son. You can follow her on Instagram @nikishariley and her brand, Folie Apothecary, on Instagram @folieapothecary.



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Gianne Doherty, the Founder of W.E.L.L. Summit & Co-Founder of Organic Bath Co. 


Gianne Doherty is a clean beauty advocate and educational speaker that created the pioneering summit, W.E.L.L. Summit. She also co-founded a beauty brand dedicated to the mission of clean beauty called Organic Bath Co. Organic Bath Co. was born in 2012 after Gianne moved to Boston and her skin began to break out in hives.  Her partner, Jay Weeks, created an organic, shea butter-based body butter for her and her skin remained changed forever. Gianne focuses on the education of clean beauty to her followers and the impact of products on the environment. As a result of learning and answering wellness questions, she founded the W.E.L.L. Summit in 2015. Her work has been featured in Refinery 29, Essence and other local Boston platforms. You can follow her Instagram @giannedoherty and her other brands, Organic Bath Co. and W.E.L.L. Summit on Instagram @organicbathco & @wellsummit. 



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Chelsea Williams. Health/Wellness Lifestyle Media Contributor and Blogger


Chelsea Williams is a plant-based media contributor and blogger located in California. She began her plant-based lifestyle in 2012 as a way to help her ease the pain of her Graves Disease and Hypothyroidism. She shares her knowledge on her platform called Thats Chelsea and created Live Sacred DC, a series of mindful wellness experiences for women in the DC area.  Her work has been featured by Essence, Beauty Independent, Good Morning Washington, Forbes and other platforms. On her social media platforms, she continues to share her healthy food creations, Eco-friendly clean beauty and beautiful plants. You can follow her on Instagram @ThatsChelsea and check out her blog, That’s Chelsea



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Haile Thomas, Plant-Based Health Activist 


Who says the wellness conversation excludes the youth? This young health activist, Haile Thomas, is known for her amazing plant-based dishes and founding the HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth), a non profit organization that has the mission to empower and educate young people in underdeveloped and at-risk communities on the power of plant-based food and nutrition. The New York native has been speaking about health since she was 10 years old, and she shares the message of good health with her followers on social media. She is the youngest certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in the US, and she hosts the podcast “Girl Empowered” that features her interviews with a list of inspiring and empowered women. She has a long list of features including the Today Show, Dr. Oz, O Magazine, Teen Vogue, TEDx, and has been awarded a CNN Heroes Young Award in 2017. You can follow her on Instagram @hailethomas and watch her inspiring Youtube videos.




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Jenné Claiborne, Author of “Sweet Potato Soul”


Jenné Claiborne is known as Sweet Potato Soul and for the creation of her amazing vegan soul food recipes. Originally from Atlanta, Jenné became vegan in college and she wanted to enjoy her favorite Southern foods. In her  published book “Sweet Potato Soul (2017)*”, she shares the collection of her Southern vegan creations that includes amazing recreations like Happy Hearts “Crab” Cakes, Spicy Fried Cauliflower “Chicken” and more. On Youtube, Jenné shares other tips and recipes on being vegan, finding vegan beauty products & fashion. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, Well + Good, Refinery29, Shape, InStyle, The Huffington Post and other platforms. You can follow her on Instagram @sweetpotatosoul and on Youtube




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Rachel Ama, Vegan Blogger & Recipe Creator


Rachel Ama is a UK-based blogger and content creator that originally created Curl Curious, a insider’s guide into all things in natural hair. Her blog later turned into a guide called Rachel Ama that follows her journey into veganism. She was originally apart of the Youtube vegan duo, Pineapple and Kale. Rachel shares with her community of followers the joys of veganism in all ways of life including food, beauty and fashion. All her videos include Rachel exploring her recipe ideas and cracking jokes while keeping the honesty of being vegan. Her recipes make it easier for the viewer to try more of a plant-based or vegan lifestyle with each video. She recently published her cookbook, Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats. You can watch her videos on Youtube and check her out on Instagram @rachelama_



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Massy Arias, Personal Trainer & Founder of TRU Supplements


Massy Arias is an amazing Certified Personal Trainer from the Dominican Republic. She inspires many people adopt a healthy lifestyle through her blog and Instagram. Through her platforms, she shares her amazing workouts, tips and videos in both English and Spanish. Her social media shows her amazing outlook on life, her family and her positivity as she encourages her community of followers to get active with her. She created a health challenge called MA30Day to build a community with workouts and nutrition plans. She is also the founder her own plant-based supplements called Tru Supplements*. She has partnered with Covergirl* for their Flourish by Lash Blast Campaign. She is featured on the platforms Univision, Cosmopolitan, and as the cover star for March 2018 Women’s Health Magazine. You can follow her on Instagram @massy.arias and check out her website for all her plans.



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Trinity M. Wofford, Founder of Golde 


Trinity M. Wofford is the co-founder of the wellness company, Golde. If you have been to Urban Outfitters* recently, you many have seen the product, Golde, a turmeric tonic blend that is perfect for your morning routine. Trinity started the company with her partner, Issey Kobori, in 2017 after her mother introduced her to the benefits of turmeric and how its benefits helped ease her mother’s rheumatoid arthritis. Trinity is an entrepreneur to watch as she constantly questions the inclusive of the wellness industry and challenges the status quo. Recently, they have expanded their line to skincare with face masks. Their brand has been featured in Forbes, Nylon Magazine, Goop and Bon Appetit’s Healthy-ish. You can follow Golde’s Instagram @golde and Trinity on her Instagram @trinitymouzon.





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