Grooming Awards- Shave & Beard


Lifestyle Blogger,

Igee Okafor

Source: Dennis Christians / Dennis Christians

Editor and Founder of lifestyle blog, the Lagos-born style expert has collaborated with top brands including MR. PORTER, Todd Snyder, GQ and Gap. Igee’s blog is a destination for all things menswear and culture. Known for his unique eye and seminal style, he has been profiled by Forbes, The New York Times and Fader.



Chief Stylist, Mr. Baldwin Style & Co-Author, GROOMS

Donnell Baldwin headshot

Source: James Brodribb / James Brodribb

One half of Mr.Baldwin Style–a fashion styling and image consultancy founded with his wife, Courtney Arrington-Baldwin, Donnell is the co-author of GROOMS, a mens guide to wedding style. The North Carolina-born talent is the Deputy Online Styling Editor for e-commerce site, MR. PORTER and has been featured in Time Out New York, EBONY and Esquire for his expertise in menswear.



Celebrity Barber & Founder, Directors Cut, Inc.

Steve Gilles

Source: Lionel Gardner / Lionel Gardner

Founder of Directors Cut, Inc.–an upscale grooming company catering to the needs of men in the fast-paced entertainment industry–Steve is a highly sought-after barber with celebrity clients including Idris Elba, Tony Rock, Anthony Mackie, Diggy Simmons and Michael K.Williams. The Brooklyn-bred pro is known for his razor-sharp cuts, unique designs and standout skincare services.



CASSIUS Executive Director, Style & Special Projects

Cassius All Stars - Marielle

Source: James Anthony / James Anthony

The Executive Director of Style & Special Projects for CASSIUS, Marielle leads artistic direction and styling for the site’s cover and fashion shoots, and oversees daily style & grooming content. Over the last 17 years, she has covered fashion, beauty and grooming for top magazines including Vanity Fair, Allure, Glamour and EBONY. The fashion pro has interviewed some of the biggest names in the grooming business and styled some of the world’s best-dressed men including Cam Newton, Chadwick Boseman, Kevin Hart, Carmelo Anthony, Nas, John Legend and Denzel Washington.



Roc Nation Recording Artist

Young Paris Headshot

Source: Tory Rust / Tory Rust

Known for fusing various musical genres from Trap Music to African Drumbeats, this Roc Nation artist is a world traveler who reps his Congolese heritage to the fullest. A style maker in his own right, the CFDA tapped the artistic director, music producer and songwriter to serve as the 2017 New York Men’s Fashion Week Brand Ambassador this past July.



Menswear & Lifestyle Blogger,

Jovel Roystan

Source: Kadeem Johnson / Kadeem Johnson

Born and bred in Houston, but currently making moves in NYC, this fashion and lifestyle content creator shares his musings on all things mens style, grooming and culture in his blog,  Partnering with dozens of brands within the fashion, travel and creative spaces, Jovel shares his unique take on mens’s style and twenty-something living with other young dreamers like himself–you know, the ones who desire more than 9-to-5’s and Netflix.



CASSIUS Assistant Editor, Style & Culture

Cassius All Stars - James

Source: James Anthony / James Anthony

The Assistant Editor of Style & Culture for CASSIUS, James is a fashion and grooming pro whose unique perspective and impeccable eye has helped shaped the style pages of EBONY, CR Fashion Book and W. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, the young editor made his way to New York City for college, where he studied Fashion Merchandising at LIM.  An admitted product junkie, James slathered, scrubbed and sniffed his way through the latest launches with ease. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.



Recording Artist

Aurora Anthony Headshot

Source: Todd Johnson / Joshua Scott

The burgeoning New York City-bred rapper released his latest EP, Autumn–which tells tales of street dreams, hope, struggle and ambition–in July. His ability to provide candid imagery of his life’s struggles through lyricism makes the 23-year-old creative one to watch. His dope personal style combines high-end designers like Raf Simons with vintage finds and cult brands like Off–White.



CASSIUS Editor, Mens & Lifestyle

Cassius All Stars - Bruce

Source: James Anthony / James Anthony

 Men’s & Lifestyle Editor for CASSIUS, Bruce previously covered lifestyle, music and sports for Global Grind and The Urban Daily. The self-professed sneakerhead got his start at Complex’s Sneaker channel, where he quickly learned the ropes on combining the worlds of social media and sneaker culture. He would later transition to Sneaker News–the largest sneaker site in the world–where he led a fresh, new social media strategy. Just as serious about his beard game as his kicks, Bruce enjoyed putting the latest products to the test.


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