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:
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)