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Jones Magazine’s Best in Beauty

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Don’t you just love it when life comes full circle? In 2009, I wrote a post titled “Missing Mara Brock Akil.” This year, I interviewed the fly female entrepreneur for Jones Magazine’s first ever “Best in Beauty” issue!











Let’s be clear, Mrs. Akil is ab-so-lute-ly FAB. Chatting with her was truly like catching up with an old girlfriend. Cool as a fan, smart, and sweet, Mara is a shining example of how following your dreams leads to your best life.

As if interviewing Mara wasn’t enough, I also had an opportunity to get into the beautiful mind of Susan Akkad, Estee Lauder’s Sr. Vice President of Corporate Diversity Marketing. As the historic brand’s secret weapon, Akkad has left her mark on some of the beauty industry’s biggest sellers including MAC, Clinique, Lancome, and Origins.

Anyone who knows me is aware of my product junkie ways so contributing to Jones Magazine’s “Best in Beauty” couldn’t have been a better fit. In this special issue, Jones Editor in Chief, Tracey Ferguson, and the mag’s new Beauty Editor, Felicia Walker Benson, go toe-to-toe with 200+ beauty brands and pay homage to the best in category. Looking for a new conditioner to nourish your thirsty tresses? Pick up Jones Mag’s Best in Beauty to avoid the expense of trial and error!

Jones invites readers to follow them on Twitter (@jonesmag) and join the conversation on Facebook ( The new issue of Jones Magazine is on newsstands nationwide. Pick it up, ladies!


If you’ve been jonesing to know more about the woman behind this magazine, stay tuned to In Her Shoes for Tracey Ferguson’s exclusive fly female entrepreneur interview!

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.

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