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A media industry vet and social entrepreneur, Tai has a rare and innate ability to connect with audiences across demographics. It was as a magazine editor that Ms. Beauchamp learned the profound power of media and how to use it to motivate and inspire millions. Becoming a humanitarian taught her the most valuable lesson: “young women and the world-at-large want to be inspired and that inspiration can start out as materialistic for some but it undoubtedly originates through service. ”
Tai founded the BluePrint Group, LLC, a communications and marketing firm that specializes in bridging the gap between the world of fashion and philanthropy--something Tai is passionate about demonstrating daily.Founded in 2006, clients and partners of the BluePrint Group have included Avon, Malaria No More, Spelman College, The Sundance Channel, Tractenberg & Co, and Universal Motown Records. The firm helps organizations build strategic marketing plans that teach consumers that giving, volunteering, advocating, and empowering one another is “stylish.”
Ms. Beauchamp began her career as a beauty and fashion editor at O, The Oprah Magazinein 2000, after interning at Good Housekeeping and Harper’s Bazaar. After two and a half successful years at O, she was recruited to serve as the beauty editor of what would become Suede Magazine. She then moved on to become the youngest and first African-American Beauty Director at Seventeen Magazine where she helped spearhead the title’s practice of putting real girls on its pages.
Tai took what she thought would be a one-year sabbatical from publishing and began consulting with a New Jersey-based grant-making foundation, the MCJ Amelior Foundation, managing the organization’s education and youth development portfolio, a budget in excess of $1 million annually. As a consultant to the Foundation she collaborated with an urban public high school to start a mentoring and job-readiness training program for teenagers, R U Ready for Work, that today serves as an important program at Rutgers University. While working in philanthropy she continued to contribute to the fashion world as an expert and writer. In 2006, Tai returned to publishing as the Deputy Editor of VIBE Vixen Magazinewhere she successfully directed an editorial and creative re-launch at the publication targeted toward trendsetting urbanistas while continuing her work as a philanthropic consultant. She has also contributed to Ebony, Life & Style, Jones magazines and her blog Compacts & Vignettes on the ivillage.comstyle channel was a first-person peek into her boudoir.
Today, Tai is the Style Ambassador for InStyle magazine, serving as a face and voice of the brand through brand partnerships and in media. She is also the spokesperson for P&G’s My Black is Beautiful Campaign. Most recently, Tai served as a member of the first Grammy Glam Squad, a host and correspondent for The 54th Annual GrammysAwards GrammyLive coverage, and a host for E! Network’s 84th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet coverage. Ms. Beauchamp is frequently retained by major brands including The Limited, Marriott and AT&T to host events, develop unique consumer engagement programs, and deliver spirited messages about “stylish” living.
Passionate about youth and women, Tai volunteers as a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union counties in New Jersey. She also serves as a trustee of board of the New Jersey Performance Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Women’s Association, Saint Vincent’s Academy, and New Jersey Needs You. She’s also served on development committee of Women In Need, Inc (WIN).
Tai’s electric messages about empowerment through style, entrepreneurship, media, 21st Century philanthropy has been delivered at Columbia University and Columbia School of Business, Harvard Business School, Howard University, Rutgers University, Spelman College, in Nigeria, West Africa.
She has appeared as a style expert on ABC, BET, CNN, NBC Today, TV One, and Soapnet and frequently contributes to the Wendy Williams Show, blackenterprise.com, the STYLE Network, Inside Edition, E! and other networks. Recognized as a trailblazer in the fashion, beauty and non-profit industries, she received the 2009 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Prestige Award and was featured in Essence’s 2009 Annual “Power Women” issue and 2011 September Fashion issue.
Tai Beauchamp earned a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Atlanta’s Spelman College and attended New York University’sTelevision Production program. She lives in New York City. Follow Tai’s musings @taibeau on Twitter and connect and chat with Tai on Facebook