Each year, black enterprise honors a few exceptional women who have not been given the respect and acclaim they deserve. The Women of Power Legacy Award is designed to help seal their rightful place among the giants of our time. In 2018, we lost three phenomenal Legacy honorees; we asked those closest to them to share personal tributes.
FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, THE AMSALE GROUPMAR. 1, 1954 ~ APR. 1, 2018
My mother was known for making brides feel special, beautiful, and honored, but this gift extended well beyond brides. Amsale would make anyone feel special, because she believed you were. She connected with complete strangers as though they were family, and was too humble to reveal herself when a cashier scanning her credit card would point out that she had “the same name as the famous bridal designer.”
She made it easy to forget that she was the co-founder and creative director of one of the world’s most iconic bridal lines and would be remembered as “the inventor of the modern wedding dress.”
At the age of 19, my mother moved to the U.S. to attend school. Shortly thereafter a revolution broke out in Ethiopia and her father was taken as a political prisoner, a nightmare she