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Why Podcaster & Educator Ericka Hart Defines Beauty As Calmness

“At the core of what I’ve always wanted to do is get folks to willingly have conversations about things that are challenging,” says sexuality educator, writer, model and podcaster Ericka Hart. “I love that I get to make a difference in peoples’ lives.” 

Some of those topics Hart discusses on her pod (“Hoodrat to Headwrap: A Decolonized Podcast”) and her social media series (#iHartBlackHistory) include toxic masculinity, interracial dating and colorism. But most recently, you can find her sharing wisdom on the Netflix show “Principles of Pleasure” and holding identity-affirming workshops at the University of Richmond. 

Diagnosed at the age of 28 with bilateral breast cancer, Hart is also a survivor. “That period in my life felt like one big reminder of the importance of rest,” says Hart, who has proudly displayed the scars from her double mastectomy in her modeling work, increasing the awareness and visibility of breast cancer in Black, brown and LGBTQIA+ communities. “I don’t need to be going through anything in particular to deserve rest. I don’t need to be coming from chemotherapy to deserve relaxation.” 

To learn more about how Hart’s beauty and wellness rituals, from her go-to skincare regimen to bedtime routines, read more below. 

“I don’t need to be going through anything in particular to deserve rest. I don’t need to be coming from chemotherapy to deserve relaxation.”

“My mother taught me the power of finding comfort in the skin and body you’re in, even if it looks different.”

“I define beauty as calmness, groundedness and ease. I feel like when a person embodies those qualities, they come off as very beautiful.”


Find Your Confidence With Ericka Hart

 Sexuality educator and activist Ericka Hart’s personal approach to beauty is all about finding ways to stay calm and grounded,  and inspiring others do the same. Here, she invites you to explore her bedtime routine tips and confidence-boosting playlist.

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