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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Jidenna attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

The first-ever edition of ESSENCE “Best In Black Fashion” Awards held at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City.

The aim of the event is “to create a rightful space where Black stylists, models, photographers, designers and more can be recognized for their trendsetting work.”

This year’s event was attended by Jidenna, Bozoma Saint John, Justine Skye, Anthony Hamilton, Laolu Senbanjo, and more as black trendsetters were honored and celebrated.

Model Newcomer: Adut Akech
Change Agent: Tracy Reese Hope For Flowers
Red-Carpet Maven Award: Yara Shahidi
Best Fashion Campaign: Winnie Harlow for Byblos SS 2019
Best Accessory Designer: Aminah Abdul Jillil
Stylist Of The Year: Zerina Akers
Photographer Of The Year: Ityasha Jordan
Emerging Designer Of The Year: Rich Mnisi
Fashion Icon Honoree: Pat Cleveland
Designer Of The Year: Fe Noel

See all the photos below!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Bozoma Saint John attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Justine Skye attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Anthony Hamilton attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Young Paris attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Damaris Lewis attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Moana Luu attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Umindi Francis attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Pat Cleveland attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Fe Noel attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Naturi Naughton attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Rich Mnisi attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Sarah Diouf attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Omar Salam (L) attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Jidenna (L) and Moana Luu attend the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: (L-R) Moana Luu, Omar Salam, and Bozoma Saint John attend the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: (L-R) Anthony Hamilton, Richelieu Dennis, and Jidenna attend the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Laolu Senbanjo, Caroline Wanga and Richelieu Dennis attend the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Jidenna (L) and Richelieu Dennis attend the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Justine Skye attends the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Justine Skye (L) and Bevy Smith attend the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Jidenna performs onstage during the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Moana Luu (L) and Naturi Naughton speak during the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Moana Luu (L) and Richelieu Dennis speak during the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Marielle Bobo (L) and Justine Skye speak onstage during the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Anthony Hamilton speaks onstage during the ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards at Affirmation Arts on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE Fashion House)

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Bennett Raglin

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