For Immediate Release

Little Rock, AR (8/23/17) - Making its Arkansas debut this September, the Shades of Beauty Expo seeks to celebrate the beauty and strength of women of color through exhibits 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 day begins with the Ambassadors of Beauty Awards 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. The awards ceremony will also feature talented local female artists of color.

After recognizing the exceptional women who have been named 2017 Ambassadors of Beauty Finalists, the day continues with an opportunity for attendees to learn hair and makeup tips from industry professionals, enjoy relaxing massages, receive free health screenings, and interact with a diverse group of health, beauty, and fashion companies.

Experts will educate on how to be beautiful both inside and out through workshops, panel discussions, and demonstrations focused on nutrition, spiritual wellness, fitness, beauty, fashion, and the portrayal of women of color in society. Speakers and presenters include:

  • Tendai Morris, Missouri based veteran hair stylist and creator of Healthy Hair Solutions
  • Tracy Sanders, Los Angeles based employment discrimination lawyer and natural hair rights expert
  • Kameelah Harris, Founder of WOW fitness
  • Sheurika McKeever, Baptist Health staff facilitator
  • Iris Golden-Griffith, Case Manager, Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System
  • Leah Patterson, Founder and CEO of Move Makeup and Depression Breakthrough Coach

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, September 30, 2017 from Noon-6 p.m.

Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72201

$10 for advance purchase expo only; $20 for brunch and expo.

Information and tickets are available online at

Contact: Sherryln Thompson                 612-642-1978