ESSENCE.com beauty editor Nicole Melton is nothing less than inspirational. The Howard University alum shared some wisdom on how to get your dream job, along with her ultimate curly girl must haves. Dig in.
Who gives you ultimate curl inspiration?
Nicole Melton: I’ve been inspired by so many naturals, it’s impossible to name just one. I love celebs such as Tanika Ray and Adepero Oduye. I also love bloggers such as CharyJay and Baroness Countess. Overall, the entire natural hair community inspires me. These ladies have so much style, creativity and flair.
What are your top three curly girl must haves?
Let’s rewind and go back to the beginning. What was your journalism launch pad that led to your current position?
NM: I started in high school as editor-in-chief of my yearbook. In college, I also worked on the yearbook staff and interned at WWD and Suede (awww, RIP Suede). After graduation, I couldn’t find a job in magazines due to the economy —this was when Honey Mag, CosmoGirl, etc. were all folding and layoffs were rampant. I ended up as an accessories assistant buyer and merchandiser for five years before I said, ‘I need to follow my passion and I need to do it NOW.’ (more…)