Janell M. Hickman Kirby the knot beauty expert

Janell M. Hickman-Kirby

Beauty Expert
  • Janell is a freelance communications strategist, copywriter, and beauty editor based in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Janell is a newlywed. She got married in September 2020 in a micro-ceremony held at Brooklyn Grange Farm in New York.
  • Prior to becoming a full-time freelancer, Janell held editorial roles at Gilt, BET, Ebony, and Essence.

Janell M. Hickman-Kirby began her career in fashion when she left her hometown of Minnetonka, Minnesota to join the team at WWD as an intern in New York. Since then, she has held editorial titles at Essence, Ebony, GILT, and BET.  Currently, she is a freelance communication strategist, copywriter, and beauty editor with a focus on strategy/branding. 


Janell has worked in the fashion and beauty industry for over a decade, blending together her PR, marketing, and editorial experience to craft a unique perspective. Her work history includes roles at Victoria’s Secret, Essence, HL Group, Ebony, GILT, and BET. 

As a freelancer, her work has appeared both in print and digitally across Brides, Cosmopolitan, O, The Oprah Magazine; ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Refinery 29, Coveteur, Well + Good, Allure, Doré, Marie Claire, WeddingWire and others. Her freelance brand clients include Sol de Janeiro, HeyDay, Revlon, Birchbox, Mizani, OLEHENRIKSEN, and INTERMIX.


Janell is a proud HBCU alum and graduated from Hampton University with degrees in Print Journalism and Marketing. In college, she had internships at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Norfolk Botanical Garden, and WWD.

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