2017 was the year of wins for Girl Bosses all over the nation and we wanted to highlight just a few.
1. Fenty Beauty Earns $72 million In One Month
Rihanna has become everyone’s favorite #girlboss after the launch of her cosmetic line Fenty Beauty in September. This beauty mogul has snatched everyone’s edges (and bank accounts) with the launch of her all inclusive products including 40 foundation shades, concealers, highlighters, lip gloss, and more resulting in her earnings of $72 million only one month after launch. You go RiRi!
2. Issa Rae Is The New Face Of Covergirl
Star of HBO hit series Insecure and New York Times Best Seller, Issa Rae has shown us that you can be successful simply by being yourself and unapologetic about it! This YouTube sensation went from the computer screen to the big screen and most recently a symbol of beauty for all of the awkward black girls out there as the face of Covergirl. You Betta Represent Issa!
3. Gabrielle Union is New York Times Seller
We all know Union from the classic cheerleading film that put her on the map “Bring It On.” She has since guest starred several films and has headlined her own television series “Being Mary Jane” where she depicts what it means to be a Girl Boss. This year Union has focused on diversifying her income with her partnership with New York and Company to produce a clothing line and the release of her first book “We’re Going To Need More Wine” hopping on the charts as a New York Times Best Seller!
4. Tiffany Haddish Makes ‘Saturday Night Live’ Herstory
Comedian, Tiffany Haddish, reached her stardom with her role on ‘Girls Trip’ where she co starred with Queen Latifa, Jada Pickett Smith, and Regina Hall. Her success led her to becoming the 1st African American Comedian to host Saturday Night Live! Tiffany’s future is bright just like her personality. Can’t wait to see more from her!
5. New Beginnings For Uber
Former Apple Executive, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John is changing the game at Uber. Hired as the Chief Brand Officer, it’s no secret that she has some cleaning up to do for Uber’s public image. Known in the tech industry for her wisdom, transparency, and fashion sense, Boz is given this tech startup the human element needed to win its audience back. Is this just a PR move? Maybe, but that doesn’t change the fact that Boz earned her spot at the top making this a #Girlboss moment of the year!
6. Starbucks Names Rosalind Brewer Group President and Chief Operating Officer
Former President and CEO of Sam’s Club, Rosalind Brewer, is now the President and COO of Starbucks. With over 30+ years of experience in the Consumer Goods and Retail industry, she is known for her leadership and expertise on operations and supply chain logistics. Rosalind has received numerous accolades as one of the world’s most powerful women, ranking #19 by Fortune (2016) and #57 by Forbes (2016). She also sits on the boards of directors for Lockheed Martin, Starbucks, and the Boards of Trustees at Spelman. Now that’s a woman who is building her Dynasty.
7. Jerri Devard Is The New Chief In Town
There’s a new chief in town and she’s a bad girl! With more than 30 years of experience in Brand Management and Market Strategy, it was a no-brainer for Office Depot to appoint Jerri as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in September. She has several accolades including being named by Black Enterprise as one of the Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America and was included in the list of 50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business. #Goals
8. Tesla Welcomes CEO Linda Johnson Rice
In July, Tesla decided to shake things up by adding Linda Johnson Rice to its Board of Directors. She would make the 2nd woman on the board and the 1st African American to hold the position. This Ebony CEO is definitely paving a way for black women in tech. Her appointment has fueled the discussion of diversity in large corporations.
9. Food Personality Makes Forbes 30 Under 30
Ayesha Curry, 28, is taking all the steps neccessary to keep continue building her Dynasty. She is the bestselling author of a cookbook, has a line of cookware selling in some of the largest retailing stores including Target, JC Penny, and Amazon, owner of Homemade, a meal kit company, and has even opened up a restaurant all while being a loving wife and mother. She has definitely earned her place on Forbes Under 30 list.
10. Cardi B Made Billboard History
This Love and Hip Hop reality star came on the scene with fire. One of her first singles “Bodak Yellow” made history as Cardi became the 1st female rapper to top the charts with no features since 1998. This accomplishment earned the 25 year old numerous awards including BET’s Best New Hip Hop Artist and Single of the Year for 2017. She also earned a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2018.