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In the time of social distancing, there’s not much motivation to get changed out of our sweatpants, let alone go full glam in a fancy outfit complete with makeup and fresh hair. But this video challenge might inspire you to get dressed up, if only just for one.
It’s called the #DontRushChallenge and black women are coming together for devastatingly gorgeous reveals, all seamlessly edited together. In the challenge, people using clever editing tricks to make it look like the women are passing objects to each other as they transform from stay-at-home comfort to full on elegance.
This version was posted by Ronke Raji, a 29-year-old content creator in Baltimore. Raji didn’t start the trend (it’s not totally clear who did), but the version she made with her friends is certainly among the most popular posted to date.
“Basically I had called my friends and I was like hey there’s this challenge I see going around, is this something you’d want to do?” she told BuzzFeed News. Her friends also happen to be other influencers and content creators, who are mostly from Nigerian heritage. They decided on a theme of African prints and got to work.
Raji herself starts the video in regal blues and purples.
Then it’s Kiitan rocking a matching set.
Next up is Chizi Duru in a gorgeous dress.
Then Shalom Blac, looking like an actual queen.
Then Nneoma, who knows how to match a lip to an outfit.
Then Tolani, who is definitely making motherhood look chic.
Then Fehinti, who will make you see blue in a whole new way.
Next is Ugwem Eneyo, who by the way is also an engineer at Stanford.
Then Nnenna Bambatta is up, who almost fooled us with the face mask.
And last but not least is Chinyere Chi Adogu, with a big cheers.
Raji said it was a chance for the women to express themselves, “but also to inspire people, who can see the video and see these ladies are beautiful and think ‘I’m beautiful too.'”
She said it was also nice to break out of the monotony of quarantine and get dressed up.
And they’re not the only ones taking part. Other groups of black women are coming together to make their own #dontrushchallenge videos and every single one will have you in awe.
Like this one of black women in the military.
Or these beauties that work in medicine.
And while the trend start with black women, other people are getting in on it, too. Here’s one featuring a group of Afghan women.
And another with Plains Cree women.
plains cree women have entered the chat😍 ##dontrushchallenge ##nativetiktok ##native ##nativeamerican ##tigerking ##smallgestures ##fyp ##foryou ##indigenous
Men are getting in on it, too.
And if all that doesn’t inspire you to treat yourself to a glow-up, nothing will.
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