Top-quality vendors showcasing their quintessential goods!
PANELISTS / PRESENTERS
Africa Miranda, Moderator
A dynamic speaker, host and spokesmodel, with distinctive style and quick wit, Africa Miranda won the hearts of many across the US, and around the globe, as the breakout star of Bravo TV’s “The New Atlanta.” After appearing on The New Atlanta, Africa was named the first ever Brand Ambassador for international hair care company, Creme of Nature.
Africa’s unique personal style, sparkling personality, and glorious, attention-grabbing mane, have made her an in-demand beauty expert and event host, including features on Arise TV, and WomensWearDaily.com, during New York Fashion Week. Whether she is representing major brands, or sharing her take on hair trends and celebrity style, Africa brings her brand of accessible glamour to any setting. An avid social media buff, she stays connected with her fans via her Periscope channel also known as “Africa TV” and her official website and lifestyle blog, Africa Miranda.com. Africa is a rising star in the tech and live streaming world, recently being nominated for a Shorty Award for “Periscoper of the Year.” She served as host of the inaugural Periscope Summit, as a keynote speaker at Summit Live, and is a regular podcast guest and panelist for various entertainment and tech platforms, marrying her knowledge of pop culture with her considerable tech savvy. She uses her platform to encourage and assist fellow creatives to grow into thriving multi-media brands with the motto, “Step Up, Step Out, and SHINE!”
Founder of @girlandhair, Dr. Camille Howard-Verovic, is a medical doctor and former marketing professional whose claim to fame is ‘wearing too many hats’. Because of her busy schedule, protective styling has always been a great solution. For years, Camille has worn protective styles but she always found it difficult to properly maintain her natural hair while wearing hair extensions, resulting in dry and brittle hair and experiencing extensive breakage. Based on her personal frustration and armed with her medical knowledge and desire to find the best ingredients for optimal hair health, she created UNDER HAIR CARE™, the first natural hair care line specifically designed to cleanse, moisturize and nourish the hair underneath protective styles. Camille resides in New York City with her husband and business partner and her young daughter. She is a visionary leader, driven entrepreneur and a caring physician who is passionate about health, wellness, female empowerment, and helping women find their inner #girlboss.
Mielle Organics seeks to empower, excite and educate women about healthy hair and skin. By providing natural products that support, nourish and strengthen hair and skin, they trust that their customers are more confident, passionate and informed about the beauty products they use. Mielle Organics wholeheartedly believes that what is consumed by the body is displayed in the outward appearance. They choose to promote natural, organic ingredients, and are proud to exclusively use natural products derived from routed plant oils and natural herbs.
After only a few months of their launch in 2014 Mielle Organics was recognized for its results-driven products and excellent customer service. Today they are a global and viral sensation, with orders in over 87 countries around the world. Mielle Organics continues to be a market innovator in the haircare world and is excited to continue to meet the demands of healthy, natural hair for women and families worldwide.
Founder and CEO, Monique Rodriguez, has over nine years of experience as a registered nurse. Her science background and focus on health from the inside out inspired her to share her regimen of healthy, tailbone-length hair with the masses. She is passionate about inspiring women in business and entrepreneurship. Monique resides in Indiana with her husband and COO of Mielle Organics and their two beautiful daughters.
Jenell B Stewart, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates her career to educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2014, Jenell won the Root Top 100 People’s Choice Award, In 2012 she was named one of Essence’s top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
Diane C. Bailey
Shea Moisture Beauty Ambassador
Known as a “master pioneer” of textured hair, for over three decades, Diane C. Bailey has succeeded as a salon entrepreneur, celebrity stylist, beauty educator, author, innovator and a standard bearer in the natural hair care industry. As a celebrity stylist, Ms. Bailey has worked with Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill, Toni Morrison and Iyanla Vanzant, among others. For over 25 years she acted as president and head stylist of the renowned Tendrils Salon in Brooklyn, NY, one of the first salons in New York to offer chemical-free services for textured hair.
Ms. Bailey is currently a beauty ambassador for the award-winning hair and skin care brand SheaMoisture, where she contributes her talents to the brand’s marketing, training and research and development departments, as well as appears at promotional events and provides consumer and stylist education.
Her fourth book, Milady Standard Natural Hair Care and Braid, was published in 2013. This fully colored reference guide offers the community of natural hair enthusiasts and professional stylists extensive information about textured hair, protective styling, braiding and loc grooming. Her books are sold worldwide, and have become standard instructional texts for professional trade schools and reference guides for consumers.
Ms. Bailey has been featured in a variety of magazines, websites and books, including Susan Taylor’s Essence Total Makeover and Self Seduction by former Essence Beauty Director, Mikki Taylor. She has been featured in Allure, Lucky, Essence, Hype Hair, Heart & Soul, Source, Modern Salon, Salon News, The New York Times, Newsday, The Daily News, and the Amsterdam News, among others.
During the numerous tour stops on Quintessential Naturals Ms. Bailey will be conducting workshops discussion topics such as Transitioning, Protective Styling and much more. There will be games and giveaways as well and attendees will be informed and impressed at all that Shea Moisture has to offer!