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A full-time journalist turned nonprofit PR pro, L’Oreal Thompson Payton is a blogger and freelance writer with a passion for empowering women. Her work has appeared in magazines such as EBONY, JET, Sesi and Girls’ Life, as well as websites such as Brit + Co, HelloGiggles and Joblogues.

When she’s not busy writing, this Maryland native can be found reading, dancing and eating her way through Chicago with her husband, Jeff. She also enjoys mentoring young women online and IRL. Learn more about her current projects at or follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @LTintheCity.