For Immediate Release

 Minneapolis, MN (7/10/17) - Making its return this August, the Shades of Beauty Expo seeks to celebrate the beauty and strength of all women of color through exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations that embody health and wellness from the inside out while also connecting them with businesses and organizations that acknowledge and appreciate their beauty. 

The Shades of Beauty Expo will begin the day with the Ambassadors of Beauty brunch which will honor those who motivate women to love themselves from the inside out, fight to eliminate health disparities and work hard to make sure that every woman understands her worth. We are proud to announce that the 2017 keynote speaker will be Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber.  Deshauna was crowned the first Miss USA to currently serve in the United States military.  She is a survivor of child sexual abuse and wants to inspire other survivors to fight through the fears of their past. Deshauna has also overcome extreme bullying from a young age but after the recent loss of her mother to cancer, she wants to encourage people to focus on loving yourself and the people around you.  

After hearing from our phenomenal speaker we will recognize our 2017 Ambassadors of Beauty Award finalists: De’Vonna Bentley-Pitman, Taquisha Brown, Princess Nelson, Neda Renee, and Angela Winston Hebert. These women were selected from numerous nominations that were submitted by members of the community and have proven to go above and beyond to empower women and girls of color throughout the Twin Cities. Join us as we hear Deshauna’s inspiring story of triumph and honor these exceptional women.

The Shades of Beauty Expo is also accepting applications for exhibitors with innovative products for hair, nails, makeup, skincare, healthcare, nutrition, fashion, or fitness that would like to showcase in a way that empowers women of color to recognize and embrace their beauty inside and out.

Shades of Beauty Expo
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Brunch at 10 a.m.; Expo Noon-6 p.m.
St. Paul Rivercenter, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. MN
$10 for expo only; $50 for brunch and expo.
Information and tickets for the Brunch and Expo are available online at

Contact: Sherryln Thompson, 612-642-1978,