13 Striking Portraits That Celebrate The Beauty Of Black Girls’ Natural Hair

"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."

Hair can be a big part of a person's identity, especially for young girls. That's why it's important girls see their hair types represented in TV shows, movies, magazines, and even in toys. But girls of color with natural hair aren't portrayed nearly enough in the media.  Recently, Viola Davis shared that she spent her younger years wishing she had Oprah's hair and Diana Ross's body, but is working hard to encourage her daughter to grow up celebrating her own features. Davis insists her daughter wear her hair natural when her daughter plays dress-up.

Many other women have been trying to redefine rigid standards of hair beauty by returning to their natural roots and celebrating their children's natural hair. Because the more we highlight the beauty of different kinds of hair, the more girls will feel confident in their own skin. 

Atlanta-based husband and wife photography duo Regis and Kahran want to do their part to expand mainstream standards of beauty when it comes to hair. The couple, who runs CreativeSoul Photography, created a project that celebrates the natural hairstyles of Black girls. In their photo series titled AfroArt, they traveled to various states, such as New York, California, Texas, and Georgia, to take stunning portraits of girls rocking their natural locks. 



"We started this project to showcase the beauty and versatility of afro hair," Regis and Kahran wrote on their website. "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 try to combat these stereotypes in our photography by showing diverse imagery of kids who love the skin they're in, their own natural curls and their culture. Stories like this are important to show so that we can shatter the current standards of beauty." 

From Baroque-style portraits, to high-fashion looks, to a steampunk aesthetic, each of their shoots in the series had a different theme. But each striking photo highlights the beauty of Black girls' hair. 

"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," Regis and Kahran wrote. 

Scroll through to see some of the stunning portraits from their "Afro Art" series below.

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(H/T: My Modern Met



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