Beyond Classically Beautiful was founded by Emmy nominated, multimedia journalist, Abi Ishola in 2015. The project began as an acclaimed photo series that celebrated Black women after the New York Times published an article calling actress Viola Davis "less classically beautiful." To date, BCB has been featured on ELLE.com, Essence.com, BET.com, FOX Philly, and several other major media outlets.
Our goal is to continue to inspire, showcase, and uplift Black women through beauty and style. We also aim to break down society’s narrow standards of beauty as a way to establish real beauty ideals.