Africa & Shannon
Joining us in Morocco is actress, entrepreneur and lifestyle influencer Africa Miranda along with our very own Shannon Washington, an award-winning creative director, entrepreneur, expert traveler and PARLOUR co-founder.
A dynamic speaker, host, actress and media personality, with distinctive style and quick wit, Africa Miranda has become an in-demand beauty expert, on-camera talent and host. Whether she is visiting exotic locales, representing major brands, or sharing her take on hair trends and celebrity style, Africa brings her brand of accessible glamour to any setting. She can now add “beautypreneur” to her list of growing accomplishments. Her beauty and lifestyle brand beauty by Africa Miranda, marries her love of travel and her extensive beauty industry experience. Each product or “beauty souvenir” is inspired by a specific stop on Africa’s travel journey. The first two offerings, the Facial Elixir (Brazil) and Luminous Body Mist (French Riviera), have garnered rave reviews and are fast becoming cult beauty favorites.
Africa's next chapter places her squarely at the intersection of two of her favorite mediums. Her highly anticipated first book, Step Up, Step Out, and Shine will be released this fall. A guide to tapping into the light within, Africa shares personal insight and welcomes readers on a journey to becoming their higher selves. She will also be back on-screen as the host and executive producer of The Africa Miranda Show - a weekly lifestyle web series created in partnership with Facebook Watch.
Ever since she was a little girl, Shannon Washington could never just do one thing. So it would make sense that the words travel entrepreneur, creative director, travel expert, and creative consultant would sum up not one lifetime, but one month in the moving target known as her reality. When she’s not dreaming up content ideas, researching travel destinations, creating partnerships and curating the social feeds for PARLOUR which she co-founded in 2008, Shannon can be found putting her imagination to work as a groundbreaking creative director in advertising. Often on a plane.
In her 10+ year journey as a professional creative, Shannon has crafted integrated, brand and consumer experiences for a variety of industries, from finance to beauty. Currently, Shannon is a SVP, Creative Director at Deutsch Los Angeles, where she is leading a new phase for the H&R Block brand. Previous to Deutsch, Shannon was a Creative Director at Droga5 where she drove the successful, culture driven relaunch “I Am What I Makeup” of CoverGirl (yes, she did those Issa commercials) and crafted the launch of the new You Invest platform for Chase.
While originally a hobby inspired by her frequent travel, Shannon realizes that PARLOUR has become a dream fully realized which has forced Shannon to create a trove of “work, other work, life balance” tips and tricks which she freely shares with her friends and will soon organize into a forthcoming book. This is why the #TravelFly Solo Week is so important to her, she created it for women just like her—busy women who appreciate accessible luxury, unique destinations and most importantly a time to reconnect with themselves.
Shannon is a proud and loud graduate of Howard University and lives in Los Angeles.