The Beauty and Power of Tai Beauchamp
AMBASSADOR DIGITAL MAGAZINE Editor- In-Chief Musa Jackson has an in depth Q.&A with TAI BEAUCHAMP. Tai is a New Jersey native, proud Spelman College alum, award winning producer, host, content creator, and serial entrepreneur. This powerhouse woman is a trailblazing brand influencer at dawn of social media. Named by WWD as one of the 50 most influential in the multi cultural market, a former editor for O Magazine, Vibe Vixen. At Seventeen magazine she was the first Black woman and youngest Beauty and Fitness Director in the title’s history.
I believe that love and faith is what nurtured me. My mother in her youthful wisdom knew that what she had to give me, beyond the material, was to nurture this spirit of love and infinite possibility. My Mom was super stylish, she was a model, went to college as a young adult after having me. Education was really important in our family. For a lot of Black families during this time if you didn’t come from generational wealth, you knew that education was your out. For them it was about exposing me. Outside of Newark, New Jersey I went to the city every weekend. Sometimes it was with my father or mother even though they were no longer together. Sometimes it was going with my mother on a date. Sometimes it was with my aunt who had her own challenges with addiction, who was a creative queer woman. It was faith and exposure that nurtured my life for people with an appreciation for the world. (Continued)
Even when people didn’t understand what that power was that we needed to be in those spaces. I was only 25 years old at O magazine. And 25 then was not what 25 now. With being exposed to social media. Believing that you can floss and be just because you’ve seen a picture. There was no social media then. You didn’t even know the picture existed. I remember being in those spaces people looking to me saying, “What do you think about what Black women want?” I remember thinking to myself because of my Spelman experience that I didn’t want to be the lone Black voice for all Black women because I knew we weren’t one monolithic group. We were not all the same. My grandmother appreciated very different things from my mother. I remember thinking there will be a time when they’ll be an appreciation for all our layers. All of how dynamic we are. Even though I thought that I also remember feeling terrified that at that time how can I really stand in all of this truth on my own. Which is why at 26 burn out happened. I was felt hazed in many ways.
I didn’t want to be the lone Black voice
for all Black women because I knew we weren’t
one monolithic group. We were not all the same.
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