Salon du Shine: Bethann Hardison

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When I received the email stating that Bethann Hardison, yes THE Bethann Hardison, would be our guest for last week’s Salon du Shine I immediately dropped all previous plans. The fly female entrepreneur, former model, writer, agent and all-around fashion maven blessed us with priceless “sugar free” wisdom we won’t soon forget. The three hour conversation was an engaging and highly entertaining one from start to finish. Being the straight-no-chaser beauty that she is, Bethann made it very clear that she didn’t want to “just talk” because she was much more interested in us and what we wanted to know about her journey.

In an intimate Salon du Shine discussion Bethann opened up about her humble beginnings, being a young mom (LOVED her son Kadeem Hardison in A Different World!), her introduction to the apparel industry, and where she is today as Editor-at-Large for Vogue Italia. Despite her no-holds-barred approach to life, Bethann is truly a humble soul, not once mentioning that she was the force behind some of the most talented models in the game including Tyson, Iman and Naomi. Following are a few nuggets she shared with us on never giving up, the inspiration behind her modeling agency, and taking care of her temple:

“When you think you really want something and it doesn’t happen, it’s because something bigger and better is waiting for you.”

“Sometimes you have to come through the back door. Get guerilla on ’em!”

“I started my business because I was presented the opportunity and didn’t want to ruin it for the next person…”

“It’s important to THINK thin! I take care of my body through meditation, cardiovascular work and detoxification.”

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.


  1. Kamari

    April 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

    So sad I missed it but it seems as though it was amazing! Love the photos too 🙂

  2. Tori-Nichel

    April 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Bethann is such a beautiful person with such a delightful spirit. I met her years ago and she has always remembered me. She is an inspiration to me. She is truly genuine, a simply delightful lady.

  3. RevealingBeaute

    April 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

    WOW…what a beautiful moment in time. I know wisdom and knowledge covered the room. Beautiful sisters…

  4. Wendy

    April 15, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I so needed to hear or read in this case Ms Hardison’s words. Thank you for sharing. When is the next session and how can this sistah get in?

  5. Rainy Day Diva

    April 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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