Twirl on Them Haters: New Photo Series Will Have You Dancing in Your Underwear

Twirl on Them Haters: New Photo Series Will Have You Dancing in Your Underwear

Body Noire celebrates the diversity and beauty of Black women.

Published April 7th

Women of color are never given enough shine for their looks, unlike the "classically beautiful" women with Barbie proportions and European features. So, a new photo series called Body Noire is attempting to right that wrong. 

Abi Ishola, writer and editor-in-chief of BeyondClassicallyBeautiful.com, has put together a photo series that will have all kinds of women who fall outside of society's narrow (literally) standards of beauty feel like they've been overtaken by the spirit of Beyoncé. Through her black and white photographs, Ishola celebrates every curve and line of her subjects' wide-ranging bodies. 

The series features five Black women: author Christine Patrick, artist Roseline Lawrence, realtor Xiomara Small, yoga instructor Latarria Whitehead, and ballerina Tyde-Courtney Edwards. When she first released the series, the response was so positive that she decided to share the outtakes from her shoot as well.

Peep a few of the snaps, below, but if you're at work, resist the urge to strip down to your underwear to join in these ladies' celebration of self:

(3/3) "There's always been this sort of fascination and love with black women's bodies. I think what's beautiful now though is we have learned to celebrate and embrace ourselves. I think that's the difference. It really doesn't matter what society says or what this newspaper or what this magazine says. I feel like black women have sort of taken command of our bodies and what we love about ourselves." - Christine Patrick @authorcppatrick ------------------------------ #BodyNoire is our latest photo series. It is a celebration of black female bodies. Check out the full series on BeyondClassicallyBeautiful.com Photo by @kunle_ayodeji. Makeup by Yetty Bames. #BeyondClassicallyBeautiful #beauty #blackwomen #blackbeauty #BlackisBeautiful #bodypositivity #bodyacceptance #BlackGirlMagic

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(1/3) "I’ve always had a rather thin frame. As a child it was a bit daunting to consistently be referred to as “Skinny Minnie” “Olive Ole”, and “Flaca.” Middle school was the hardest as I was a late bloomer, while the rest of my female schoolmates were blossoming into curvaceous young women. I became self-conscious and fantasized about having a curvy frame. I would think, if I looked like “X,Y,Z,” I would be noticed. If I had big boobs, butt, or hips, I would get attention from the boys. - Xiomara Small @xiosmall ---------------------- #BodyNoire is our latest photo series. It is a celebration of black female bodies. Check out the full series on BeyondClassicallyBeautiful.com. Photo by @kunle_ayodeji, makeup by Yetty Bames. #BeyondClassicallyBeautiful #beauty #blackwomen #blackbeauty #BlackisBeautiful #bodypositivity #bodyacceptance #BlackGirlMagic

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(3/3) "What amazes me about my body is it’s ability to speak to me the way it does. I’ve learned to listen and to really pay attention to what my body is trying to tell me. The more I’m able to listen, the more likely I am to avoid unnecessary injury as a result of “doing too much” or simply not paying attention." - Latarria Whitehead @coyiasworld ---------------- #BodyNoire is our latest photo series. It is a celebration of black female bodies. Check out the full series on BeyondClassicallyBeautiful.com. Photo by @kunle_ayodeji, makeup by Yetty Bames. #beauty #BeyondClassicallyBeautiful #BlackWomen #BlackisBeautiful #BlackGirlMagic #bodyacceptance #bodypositivity #dothatyoga #blackgirlyoga

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If there's any doubt that Black girls rock, slay and possess loads of magic, these photos should erase it. 

We can add this to the list of why Black women deserve their own history month, or two. See some more reasons, below:

(Photo: Kunle Ayodeji for BeyondClassicallyBeautiful.com)

Written by Evelyn Diaz

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