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Mary J. Blige to receive ‘Positively Beautiful’ award at HBA Global Expo


NEW YORK HBA Global Expo will present nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Mary J. Blige with the first annual “Positively Beautiful” award during the HBA conference held here on Sept. 15.

Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price will present the award to Blige as part of HBA’s Keynote and Kick-Off Presentation.

The 17th Annual HBA Global Expo, which is produced by UBM International Media and attracts beauty and personal care professionals from around the world, will be held Sept. 15 to 17 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

“Mary J. Blige has influenced and inspired millions of people with her music and talent, but it is through FFAWN that will help women find their ‘inner beauty’ and confidence to succeed in this world,” stated Jill Birkett, event director of HBA Global Expo. “We are extremely proud to present Ms. Blige with the first ‘Positively Beautiful’ award and recognize the beauty of her commitment to the empowerment of disadvantaged women.”

The award was established to annually recognize a person who has had a positive and inspiring influence on the lives of the very people who are customers of HBA’s many attendees and exhibitors. Blige, who has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, is the co-creator of The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN). The mission is to help women gain the confidence and skills necessary to reach their full individual potential.

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