Written by | Ray Cornelius

Nothing says Atlanta like The Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show. Now in its 68th year, the annual extravaganza is the largest of its kind dedicated to African-American hair, health, beauty and entrepreneurship.

I had the pleasure of attending the first day of the Mid-Winter show on Saturday and had a blast. My morning began with an exclusive Blogger Breakfast presented by this year’s official host, James Bronner along with artistic style director for Soft Sheen-Carson, Johnny Wright. During the event, Wright presented the Hydra Steam Moisturizing System, one of the newest and most innovative hair care products from Soft Sheen-Carson. Wright is also an accomplished hairstylist whose clientele includes the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

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Johnny Wright & Mezei Jefferson presenting Hydra Steam Moisturizing System during Blogger Breakfast

After breakfast, ItsRobinLori and I headed over to the exhibit hall of activities at the GA World Congress Center which featured an array of hair, health and beauty vendors. There were also photo and autograph opportunities with a number of Atlanta celebrities including Derek J (Bravo’s Fashion Queens) and LaTavia Roberson (R&B Divas) as well as media personalities Big Tigger, Wanda Smith and Stacii Jae Johnson.

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LaTavia Roberson giving us a “kissy face” at celebrity photo and autograph booth

Bovanti Cosmetics presented a “Name Your Face” makeup competition which was judged by celebrity hair and fashion maven, Dwight Eubanks.  Former Atlanta Falcons player, Michael Vick was also there to introduce his new line of men’s hairbrushes titled, Wave Masterz.

I also had the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and capture images of the Bronner Bros. models getting prepared for the highly anticipated Parade of Exotic Hair and Fashions. This is the highlight of the entire show and has become its trademark over the years.

Also spotted were reality stars Gocha, Shekinah Jo, and Tiny Harris. Closing out the Saturday evening was a star-studded concert featuring comedians Steve and Cocoa Brown and Grammy-winning singer and reality star, Monica.

Check out all the photos below:

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 Soft Sheen-Carson stylist Michael Wray II with model at the Hydra Steam Moisturizing System Booth

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Derek J of “Bravo’s Fashion Queens”

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Student Mannequin Competition presented by MIZANI

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Bovanti Cosmetics “Name Your Face” Makeup Competiton

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Dwight Eubanks judging a model during the Bovanti Cosmetics makeup competition

Third Place

3rd Place Winner

Second Place

2nd Place Winner


1st Place Winner with James Bronner

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 James Bronner with former Atlanta Falcons player, Mike Vick

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 Mike Vick was there to promote his new line of men’s hairbrushes, Wave Masterz

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WAOK’s Derrick Bozeman and Yalanda DryerBuzz Lattimore

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V-103 personalities Stacii Jae Johnson and Wanda Smith with Concert Promoter Franklin T. McGruder

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V-103’s Big Tigger with “R&B Diva” LaTavia Roberson

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Celebrity Hairstylist Ming Lee and The Tankards from “Bravo’s Thicker Than Water”

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Lisa B! from WEtv’s “L.A. Hair” and Straight Request’s Tony Grant

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Behind-the-scenes with Celebrity Makeup artist Sheldon G. Horton

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Horton’s infamous makeup station

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Models striking a pose before the Parade of Exotic Hair and Fashions

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Model getting her crown adjusted

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 Make-up artist Ashley R Stylings with her model/model getting the finishing touches to her hair

About Face

About FACE!


 Just a few more adjustments before SHOWTIME!

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Runway Realness

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You’ve got to be seen  in Red and Gold

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Before and After…Yassssss!


 ANDIS Barber Kenny Duncan working his magic!


 Celebrity Hairstylist and reality-star Gocha


 More models getting prepared for show

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 Reality-star and Celebrity Hairstylist, Shekinah Jo taking a pic with her fans

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com