Pierre Jean-Louis, a New Jersey-based artist, is on a mission to help celebrate the beauty of Black women's natural hair.
To do this, he has created Black Girl Magic, an ongoing project where he uses photo manipulation to turn Black women's hair into gorgeous scenes of wild forests, cosmic galaxies, bouquets of flowers, etc.
But the series is about more than just beautiful images. It's also making an important statement about changing beauty standards that traditionally exclude textured hair from being considered beautiful.
"The subject of hair is quite a heated one among Black females. It goes back to the premise of so-called good hair and bad hair," Jean-Louis told A Plus.
"So-called good hair in the Black community was/is defined as having straight, long, and 'manageable' hair whereas so-called bad hair was/is defined as having coarse, short, woolly/kinky/Afro/nappy, 'unmanageable' hair. Black women and Queens who possessed 'good' hair were/are considered to be more attractive than those who had 'bad' hair."