In honor of Black History Month, EBONY.com celebrates Black women who truly defy their age and their undying beauty, style and grace! 

Meet Quan Lateef!

Quan Lateef, Producer and Indie Filmmaker

How old is she really? 29

Hometown: Champaign, IL

It’s kind of a funny story… one morning, I was grabbing a bagel and headed to work in Times Square and I was interrupted by a female officer who reached out and grabbed my arm demanding forcibly [and asking], “kid where are you going!” Long story short the woman thought I was a truant youth and was planning to bus me to the nearest middle school. I was 25 at the time and absolutely mortified!

Beauty Secrets Revealed:  I don’t sweat the small stuff.

Must-have beauty products: Cocoa Butter; Witch Hazel and Vitamin E.

Style Staple: Sometimes I’m super colorful and sometimes I’m all black everything. But I always try to do something cool with my traditional Muslim head-covering.

Girls…DO YOU! Even if you don’t know what that looks or feels like yet. Explore and don’t worry about the nay sayers who don’t “get it”.

Directed by EBONY.com's Melanie Y. Martin. Photographed by Lauren Marsh.  Hair: Sobhuza. Makeup:  Patricia Ambroise. Styling: Marc Vincent. Wardrobe courtesy of Marshalls, TJ Maxx, SMAK Parlour Boutique,  and E. A Effect Boutique