For Immediate Release

Little Rock, AR (9/9/18) - Making its return to Arkansas 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. This year's honorees are Rhonda Aaron, Akissi Brooks Hill, Veronica Neal, and Devyani Shekhawat. The awards ceremony will also feature talented local female artists of color.

After recognizing the exceptional women who have been named 2018 Ambassadors of Beauty Finalists, the day continues with an opportunity for attendees to learn hair tips from industry professionals, enjoy relaxing massages, receive free health screenings, and interact with a diverse group of health, beauty, and fashion vendors.

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:

  • Beatrice Akins, Founder of Beatrice Terrell Therapy & Self Development
  • Krameelah Banks, Founder of Arkansas Behavioral Center
  • Kimberly Key-Bell, Co-Owner Collaborative Counseling Associates, LLC.
  • Alisha Davis, Owner of Real Natural Salon
  • Cheryl Jackson-Golden, Founder of Cre8ting Changes
  • Kameelah Harris, Founder of WOW fitness
  • Sugar Boutique

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 29, 2018 from Noon-6 p.m.
Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72201
Adults $10 presale/ $15 at the door and Youth $5 presale/$8 at the door
Information and tickets for the Brunch and Expo are available online at

Contact: Sherryln Thompson, 612-642-1978,