Say it loud, I’m black and proud! Well this is not a James Brown sing along but the September issue of Elle Canada Magazine features six (6) fabulous black girls who are rocking different head turning natural hairstyles.
The shoot titled ‘Natural Anthem’ was created by the publication’s beauty editor Vanessa Craft who describes it as ”a visual love letter to the girls she (Vanessa) grew up with and the women (they) all have all become.”
She further states that… ”Hair is such a hugely important part of our world and I wanted to celebrate it authentically”
Let’s meet some of the girls
Milly, a Burundi native was discovered when she travelled to Canada to study four years ago.
On being a part of the ‘Natural Anthem, she says…
”It’s amazing. We are getting there; diversity is what we’re fighting for. [We need to do] more things like this.”
Aliisa got into modelling at the age of 14 and she revealed…
“I’ve never been in a photo shoot where it’s all black people. Usually there is one black person and seven Caucasian women. We all come from different backgrounds and we can share stories together. And I kind of feel at peace because at other shoots, nobody would talk to each other.”
Idil was discovered three weeks before the shoot at a Beyoncé concert in Toronto and she also revealed…
“I grew up in Toronto in a predominantly black community. Everyone had my hair…. I think our perception of beauty is changing. [The acceptance toward] sizes are changing, heights are changing. The look is changing. It’s really nice to see. It’s good to live in our time.”
What does beauty mean to you? To read the full article about the rest of the gorgeous girls and how they keep their hair popping, check out ElleCanada.com
Photography: Saty + Pratha
Beauty direction by Vanessa Craft
Hair, Justin German
Makeup, Sabrina Rinaldi
Fashion direction by Juliana Schiavinatto
Art direction by Brittany Eccles.