Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Mrs. Michiel Perry, 28, is a South Carolina girl who love all things Southern and stylish. With a little inspiration while planning her wedding in Charleston, S.C. and decorating her first home in Maryland, Mrs. Perry was inspired to develop a lifestyle brand focused on African-American women with a Southern connection called Black Southern Belle.
With her digital lifestyle brand Black Southern Belle, Mrs. Perry wanted to create an online and offline resource of lifestyle inspiration for African-American women in the South. In 2015, Mrs. Perry and her team expanded Black Southern Belle and developed an editorial division, ambassador program, online store, and jobs database for the brand. With major sponsors and partners, plans are underway for the November 2016 launch of The Black Southern Belle Collective™, the first-of-its-kind resource for top, minority-owned vendors in the South.
Before launching her business, Mrs. Perry managed marketing and partnerships at Lillybee, a collegiate and sorority lifestyle brand where she launched a collegiate ambassador program and managed the blogger outreach program. She caught her small business and startup bug while working here and still wears Lillybee products at least twice a week.
And once in her lifetime, she was a political event planner and relationship manager for a small email company called Google, Inc. in Washington, D.C. She occasionally misses the free food.
When she is not planning the next big thing for Black Southern Belle, Mrs. Perry is either shopping for antiques with her husband, watching historical documentaries or rearranging art in her new historic home in the Charleston area.
She has a passion for her alma mater, Howard University and cannot say no to anything with a fleur de lis on it.
Shanel hails from Detroit but her love of crafts, family and books makes her a Black Southern Belle. She is a writer and public relations professional who loves to tell stories through her work whether its a fiction piece or communications campaign. Shanel’s passion of storytelling extends from her love of reading which also inspired her to create Progressionista– a book club program for girls ages 8 to 12. Beyond writing and reading, Shanel loves indulging in art museums, watching quality films and playing in new makeup.
Social Media and Marketing Assistant
Victoria Williams is a freshman attending DePaul University in Chicago, IL majoring in Public Relations/Advertising with a minor in Marketing. She is a senator on the Residence Hall Council, and serves on the Public Relations committee for DePaul’s Black Student Union. She was also a brand ambassador for the Michigan 2014-2015 Nordstrom BP Fashion Board. Her hometown is Dearborn, Michigan and she enjoys serving the lord, singing, and has also worked as a camp counselor since 2012. Although Victoria was not raised in the south, she closely relates to the values of the Black Southern Belle because of her traditional grandmother Vivian, and great grandmother Ann who was born in Alabama.
Josh Sobczak, PR & Social Media Assistant