Elle Hearns wearing a periwinkle silk satin dress.

Between the lines you’ll feel her confidence roar. Every word spoken within MadameNoire’s exclusive beauty series powered by Sephora lends to her truth. If you love the glow up and the glam of an unapologetic woman who is redefining traditional femininity, we encourage you to get up close and personal with beauty and activist, Elle Hearns, former strategic partner of the BLACK Lives Matter network and now Executive Director of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, this leader on the front lines fighting for the culture is also a chic superwoman serving face in any space.

Let’s talk beauty – is it true that your love of the beauty industry and makeup led you into the activism space? Please share how that all came together?

Elle Hearns:
It is true. A lot of my experiences growing up in Columbus left me isolated and alone. From the time that I was a small child well into my adult years I always loved glamour and anything that was beautiful to my eye- including me. I spent a great deal of time…

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