Sophisticate’s Black Hair goes beyond beauty to turn the spotlight on inspiring women of style and subtance. This is an excerpt from our regular Beauty Insider feature.
BARBARA ANN BATES,
Barbara Bates is a staple in both the Chicago and international fashion communities. The self-taught designer has worked with countless celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and the late Whitney Houston. In addition to her designs, the Chicago native has also founded the Barbara Bates Foundation, a nonprofit organization that gifts local, economically disadvantaged high school seniors with free prom attire, and also raises awareness for breast cancer treatment and prevention through annual fundraising events. “I am grateful for this wonderful career that I have and that I am doing what I always wanted to do.”