I Miss Her Already – Tribute to Roxanna Floyd

Icon, dear friend, colleague, client, and makeup artist to the stars, Roxanna Floyd made her transition this past Thursday leaving friends, industry professionals, fans, and family stunned.

I immediately took a trip down memory lane to my first photo shoot where photographer Terrance Carney had recommended Roxy.  Roxy and I immediately hit it off.  She loved my work and I love hers, so then and there we began what became a long-lasting working relationship.  We were both just starting out back then in 1981, so we often bartered for each others services.  Later on we worked together quite a bit with Essence magazine, shooting a number of celebrity covers along with numerous shoots for Khamit Kinks.

This past summer Roxy agreed to be in our film, “In Our Heads about Our Hair,” sharing her experience of illness and hair loss. We are grateful that she was able to share this with us and that we have her on film.

Roxy’s exceptional and flawless craft open doors for her and the next thing I knew she was traveling the world with people such as Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett and Queen Latifah.  Knowing that I love and collected post cards, she often sent them to me from one exotic locale or another.

Surrounded by celebrities and gaining access to all sorts of highbrow surroundings and personality types didn’t change Roxy one iota.  If anything, it made her more of who she already was, down-to-earth; tell-it-like-it-is, (in a graceful manner) self.  Unique, stylish and gifted is how I would describe Roxanna Floyd.  Although very serious and stoic, she was admired by so many, even her competitors.  Roxanna’s way of being let you know you were in the presence of someone who is a serious, no-nonsense, consummate professional. Yet she also had a grace and friendliness that was inspiring and engaging.  And she was always willing to offer sage advice.

With Roxy you were encouraged to raise your game to the next level, because she didn’t suffer fools and she embodied excellence.  I’ll never forget that at her father’s funeral a childhood friend mentioned that all the kids would stop playing when Roxy’s father walked by, because he was always so immaculately dressed. And the fruit didn’t fall far from the tree.  Roxanna was known for her exquisite taste in clothing and adornment: always understated, but fine as fineness can be.  She didn’t flaunt her success; it was obvious she was raised to be a lady.

As a Khamit Kinks client Roxy tried it all.  She liked to change it up from cornrows, to singles, to Locs, to weaves of every texture, and even personalized human hair wigs.

Stevie Wonder has a song entitled, “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer.”  We never thought Roxy would leave in any season. We will all miss this beautiful sister who shared her beauty with the world.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by E. Dixon on February 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I am saddened, and speehless by the passing of Rox. She was my sister-in-law from 1981-1985. She remained a friend and family after her marriage to my brother failed.
    What a light she was to our family. We all loved her, followed her career, and sang her praises!
    I know she is in heaven. I know she is with family who loves her in a way we all hope to know.
    Peace, Love and Respect My Sister!
    We will never forget you!
    Your sister-in-law, Evelyn Fleet-Dixon


  2. A beautiful tribute, Anu


  3. Posted by sharon on February 10, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Aren’t we all so blessed to have known her. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Posted by Julia on February 12, 2010 at 10:42 am

    A beautiful tribute to beautiful Roxanna. We’ll all miss her deeply.


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