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I hope that the month of February has been treating you well..time is flying by…but you know what they say – it must be an indication that we are having lots of fun!
Speaking of fun, I certainly had a fun filled day at the 2014 QVC UK Beauty Bash – which took place at the end of January.
I was invited to attend the event, which was hosted at the Old Billingsgate Market, in the heart of the City of London, by the newest QVC presenter Marverine Cole, who joined the channel in September of last year. As the veteran shopping channel’s (it celebrated its 20th anniversary last year) first black presenter to be appointed in the past decade and the channel’s ONLY Black female presenter this was, of course, exciting news!!
I had the pleasure of getting to know Marverine over the past year and a half, having had the opportunity to meet her at an event showcasing the Afro Stylists at the Errol Douglas Salon, so I was over the moon when I heard about the appointment!
A Brummie born and bred (and as a Leicester baby -we are both Midlands girls – another reason why we instantly connected!), I decided to combine my review of the beauty bash with a focus on Maverine’s career, as part of my ‘Mind Your Own Business (MYOB) series which highlights the achievements of Women of Colour in the British Beauty Industry.
Marverine’s CV is notable. After studying journalism (beginning her course in May 2003), Marverine went on to secure an ITV News traineeship. From there she moved to the BBC and was a prominent figure and respected contributor to regional news. She honed her wealth of journalistic skills working as TV & Radio News Producer, Reporter and Presenter across the East & West Midlands, with ITV Central News, BBC Midlands Today, BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio WM and Beacon Radio.
After working at the regional level, Marverine took the plunge to join Sky News as a freelance Anchor of the five-hour rolling news programme, World News and Business Report, a position she held for 18 months. Marverine then went on to deploy her stellar journalistic experience working as the Senior News Presenter and Producer at the International Business Times – a privately-owned, independent news organisation before going on the join QVC.Image
What has really stood out for me about Marverine’s conduct since joining the channel is her commitment to bringing the needs of the women of colour to the fore. Unlike other women (and men) of colour who often shy away from acknowledging their ‘Blackness’ once they have obtained prominent positions.Taking this stance almost certainly attracts criticism – just take a look at this piece Marverine wrote for the Spectator last year addressing the lack of Black women news presenters – the comments are not surprising. It is hard for anyone to understand what it is like to go through your daily life without seeing yourself represented in society if that isn’t and has never been your experience.
However, as vitriolic as some of the comments were, I commend Marverine for writing the article and for its publication – the average Spectator reader would be unlikely to sympathise with her cause – but at least the subject is being broached – for me this is the vital first step that needs to take place on order to redress the balance of the representation of women of Colour in the mainstream.
Marverine has emphatically communicated her desire to promote beauty brands and products that are suitable for darker skin tones and is the QVC poster woman for the British Woman of Colour. I respect her immensely for taking this stand. She was instrumental in inviting a number of us #blackbritishbeautybloggers to the beauty bash – thus ensuring that we can find out about the latest products that will work wonders for you our loyal fanbase!.
So, how was the day itself?
The venue was teeming with a great number of brands – from Bare Minerals to Stila, Liz Earle to Decleor – there was something for everyone – including us #brownbeauties!
I will be reviewing items from the bag over the coming months, so do look out for these! One of the brand I discovered on the day was Algenist, who kindly sent me a selection of items to try. So far I am LOVING the brand – this is a serious skincare brand which the scientist within me appreciates. The unique ingredient is Alguronic Acid, which the brand claims to have skin revitalising properties. I have been using the Advanced Anti-Ageing Repairing Oil - which I have found to be very moisturising and is also combating my pigmentation scars! Again, look out for a full review.
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