Maeling Tapp (Natural Chica) Receives 2012 Business Superstar Award


Maeling Tapp is the creator of Natural Chica. In July 2009, Maeling started blogging about her natural hair journey through her site, and her YouTube channel, Nikkimae2003. Over the past several years, these sites have grown to not only share her own natural hair journey, but have also become trusted sources for information within the natural hair community. Her YouTube channel currently has over 90,000 subscribers and over 8 million views.

Maeling has a passion for sharing information with the online community and her efforts have been highlighted in The New York Times, NPR Radio, AOL StyleList, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Essence Hot Hair Magazine. In addition to sharing information online, she also enjoys and considers it a privilege to host events and present at conferences throughout the United States. Her ultimate goal is to be a positive voice within the community, encouraging and empowering others to see their worth and to pursue their dreams. Maeling is currently working on her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.

We were proud to honor Maeling Tapp with the People You Need to Know Magazine Superstar Award for Natural Hair Vlogger of the Year. This inspirational event was held at the magnificent Georgian Terrace Hotel in downtown Atlanta on October 5, 2012.

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  1. Cheryl Neely

    So proud of you Nikki Mae! You inspired my daughter to go natural and she has been on this journey for more than two years. She transitioned for a year and big chopped a year ago. Her hair is amazing and she uses your videos and web page for inspiration. From one PhD to another - congrats on your accomplishments and your upcoming wedding. This is your year!


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