Gerrie Summers

A woman and a man standing in front of flowers
Multicultural Beauty Expert Gerrie Summers and Celebrity Hair Stylist Leonardo Rocco. Photo: Suave



Beloit College


  • Gerrie Summers is a freelance travel and beauty writer who has more than 30 years of writing experience. 
  • She was the founder of Word Up! Magazine and a beauty editor for Today's Black Woman. 
  • Her work has also appeared in Essence, Billboard, and For the Bride. 


Gerrie is a professional writer who has spent more than 30 years covering topics ranging from beauty to travel. She has a passion for beauty products and spa treatments.

Along with being the founding editor of Word Up! Magazine, Gerrie previously served as a multicultural beauty expert for and as a style and beauty editor for New York Lifestyles Magazine. Her work has appeared in publications and outlets including Essence, Billboard, Trip Savvy, and For The Bride. She has also contributed to books, including Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories and The Stop the Violence Movement: Overcoming Self Destruction.


Gerrie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Composition from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.

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