“Essence” Mag's Mikki Taylor Uplifts Women Through Fashion

Only three weeks into her new post as "Essence" magazine's editor-at-large, Mikki Taylor hosted an intimate evening of fashion and beauty for Washington's fashionistas. Dishing on the Summer's must-have fashion trends, Taylor also shared how she plans to continue to uplift women in her new role.

"We're going to continue to tap into our inner beauty [and] tap into our inner strength," Taylor, who has a long history with the leading magazine for women of color, said of her future plans with the glossy.

"Women are in the greatest period of our history ever. So anything that I can do to lift us and push us forward, that's where you're going to find me."

Giving fashion insiders the scoop on Summer's style trends, Taylor was joined by University of D.C.'s Fashion Program Founder Stephany Greene and Bobbi Brown make-up expert Tia Hebron. Stylistas enjoyed personal shopping, complimentary make-up application by consultants and a Bloomingdale's fashion show.

"Smile when applying blush," instructed Hebron during the fashion and beauty show.

Quipped Taylor, "Smile when applying everything."

Spotted in the front row of the fashion show was rumored "Real Housewives of D.C." cast member Lynda Erkiletian, President of T.H.E Artist Agency in Georgetown.

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