Black Icons in Herstory features colorfully illustrated portraits and inspiring biographies of 50 of the most admired women in the fields of music, film, literature, politics, human rights, and more. This second book in our Icons series focuses exclusively on extraordinary Black women and celebrates their remarkable achievements. From Rosa Parks to Angela Davis from Nina Simone to Janet Jackson; from Michelle Obama to Amanda Gorman; this curated list of role models is significant and inspiring. Each striking portrait illustrated by Monica Ahanonu is accompanied by an original, illuminating biography by Darian Symoné Harvin. Together the art and text featured in this book highlight each legendary woman’s contributions to our culture and her lasting influence on herstory.
About The Author
Monica Ahanonu is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and author who has created distinctive work in her signature bold and colorful style for the New York Times, Nylon, TIME, InStyle, Vanity Fair, VICE, Adidas, Netflix, Google, Adobe, Facebook, Dreamworks, and many more trendsetting clients. This book is a sequel to her previous title Icons: 50 Heroines Who Shaped Contemporary Culture. As a fashion forward influencer and much sought-after creator, Monica is represented by IMG Models. You can follow her work on Instagram at @MonicaAhanonu.
Darian Symoné Harvin is a Los Angeles-based beauty reporter, culture writer, and news curation editor who covers the intersection of beauty, pop culture, and politics. As a former social media editor for BuzzFeed News and Teen Vogue, she uses her journalism and curatorial skills to craft distinct narratives on beauty at the intersection of politics and pop culture. Darian has interviewed some of the most relevant artists today, from the most viral TikTok stars to Billboard #1 artists to Oscar winners for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Cut, and Allure. You can follow her work on Instagram at @Darian.