With everything going on right now—a coronavirus pandemic still raging on and Black people being caught in the crosshairs of police brutality and racism—it is important to take some to celebrate who we are, outside of our oppression.
Remember: Our love, beauty and happiness are acts of resistance.
This is why a new stunning photo series, African-American Princess Series, is so important. Created by hairstylist LaChanda Gatson and child photographers CreativeSoul Photography, “this reimaging and redefining of the traditional princess” is a breathtaking way to remind our girls that they also deserve to see themselves as royalty, heroes and pretty. But it also allows for them to see themselves as Snow White, Rapunzel and other iconic characters that we’ve been told were white.
Gatson tells HelloBeautiful that she created this imagery as a means to fill in the gap in Black representation geared for our girls.
They are also quite inspiring, as Gatson hopes this will empower those who see themselves in these girls.
“I hope this series is just the beginning of endless opportunities of inclusion and more black creativity in fantasy. Let’s continue to have a conversation and understand that our children matter to,” she also told HB.
I have written before that in order for our beautiful Black girls to be it, they need to see it and this series is everything!
Take a look at more portraits below:
View the entire Princess Series and purchase prints here.