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Janell M. Hickman-Kirby

Janell M. Hickman-Kirby

Beauty Expert

Janell M. Hickman-Kirby was raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota and moved to New York to intern at WWD. She has held editorial positions at publications such as Essence, Ebony, GILT, and BET. She is currently a freelance communication strategist, copywriter, and beauty editor, focusing on branding and strategy. She enjoys figure skating, cooking, visiting art museums, and creating budgets (weird, she knows!) in her free time.


For over a decade, Janell has worked in the fashion and beauty industry. Her experience in PR, marketing, and editorial gives her a unique perspective. She’s held roles at Victoria’s Secret, Essence, HL Group, Ebony, GILT, and BET. 

Janell is also a freelance writer, whose work has appeared in both print and digital publications, such as BRIDES, Cosmopolitan, O, The Oprah Magazine; ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Refinery 29, Coveteur, Well + Good, Allure, Doré, Marie Claire, and others. Her freelance brand clients include Sol de Janeiro, HeyDay, Revlon, Birchbox, Mizani, OLEHENRIKSEN, and INTERMIX.


Janell is a proud HBCU alum and Hampton University graduate, with degrees in Print Journalism and Marketing. In college, she interned at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Norfolk Botanical Garden, and WWD.

Articles published by Janell M. Hickman-Kirby

5 Plus-One Wedding Etiquette Rules Couples MUST Follow
Wedding Guests
While it’s never easy to figure it all out, here are few expert tips to help you navigate plus-one wedding etiquette with ease.
How to Safely Get a Manicure Amid COVID-19 and State Reopenings
Beauty Tips
As states begin to allow in-salon beauty services, experts share what the “new normal” will look like when it comes to your nails.
Airbrush Makeup vs. Regular Makeup: What You Need to Know
Beauty Tips
The age-old wedding beauty showdown: airbrush makeup or regular makeup? Make sure you're informed on the pros and cons before deciding whether to wear airbrush makeup for your wedding.
To Bustle or Not to Bustle? Experts Weigh In
Bride & Bridesmaids
Some brides think the tradition of bustling is a bit well, antiquated — but it really serves an important purpose.
Expert Advice for a Flawless Pre-Wedding Skincare Routine
Hair & Makeup
Start early to see the best results.
Which Pre-Wedding Beauty Treatments Are Right for You?
Hair & Makeup
Learn a few of the pros (and cons) of the most popular pre-wedding beauty treatments.
Sweating for the Wedding: Pre-Wedding Workouts to Try
For best results, try incorporating these pre-wedding workouts into your exercise routine at least six months before the wedding day.