When I was a girl, I never felt confident or beautiful. When, for the first time, my friend described me as having dark skin, I felt my heart sink to my knees. My brother, who is a shade or two darker than me had always suffered under that label, so I always felt ridiculously superior to him in that department. I went through my childhood and into my adulthood hating that label. I knew dark skin, and kinky natural hair were not synomuous with beauty so I carried on, knowing that the world did not truly see the beauty of girls who look like me.
Regis and Kahran, an Atlanta, GA-based husband and wife photography team behind CreativeSoul, recognized that black girls, in their full natural beauty, still need to be celebrated. Focusing on natural hair, the pair created Afro Art, a photo series capturing the beauty of black girls and their natural hair.
Kahran told My Modern Met:
“We feel that it is so important for kids of color to be able to see positive images that look like them in the media…Unfortunately the lack of diversity often plays into the stereotypes that they are not ‘good enough’ and often forces kids to have low self-esteem..We hope that viewers will see the beauty and versatility of afro hair and we hope that girls around the world will be inspired to love their unique differences and beauty within
The photo series feature girls in costumes and hairstyles from the Baroque period (roughly, 1600-1750), as well as girls in futuristic high-fashion ensembles
Take a look at these images:
Aren’t these images incredible?