by: Jihan Forbes
Photos: Sandra Arenas
It’s Black History Month, and here at Yahoo Style, we acknowledge, appreciate and hold dear the work and sacrifices of influential black people who have come before us, changing life for all people. Their contributions should never be forgotten, but this time, we want to look to the present and ultimately, the future, paying homage to the people shaping our culture today, creating not just black history, but American history right now. Every day, we will highlight an influential man or woman who is changing the social, political, and cultural landscape now and for future generations.
Our influencers come from the worlds of art, journalism, music, film and of course, fashion. See who made our list and how they’re shaping our world today.
Cipriana and TK Quann – The Wonder Twins
Cipriana and Takenya (TK) Quann might just be some of the coolest girls in fashion right now. The stylish pair has already received the stamp of approval from the fashion world at large, appearing on best dressed lists for Vogue,Harper’s Bazaar, Elle – just to name a few. They’ve also nabbed campaigns for The Gap and & Other Stories. But besides their frequent sartorial slayage, Cipriana and TK are also making moves on a cultural front. Cipriana is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of 2016 Shorty Award-nominated Urban Bush Babes, a lifestyle website that covers everything from hair and skincare to up-and-comers to watch, like a pair of 12-year-old ballerina twins. TK is the executive contributor for Urban Bush Babes and also a singer/songwriter.
Both women are also signed to IMG models, sharing a roster with names like Alek Wek, Ashley Graham, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, and more. In a sea full of it-girls who fit Eurocentric standards of beauty, the Quann sisters are a breath of fresh air. Their unique personal styles, stunning good looks and otherworldly hair, combined with their intelligence and fresh perspectives on culture make them a modern Millennial it-pair to be reckoned with.
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