Solange Knowles did say it: "Don’t touch my hair". This phrase, the title of her hit song from her latest album celebrating black women identity, was back on her Instagram feed last October, in which the singer rebuked a British magazine for erasing part of her hair on their cover. The same thing happened to actor Lupita Nyong’o and that started a debate on the representation of the afro in the media.
Photographers Regis and Kahran, founders of the CreativeSoul studio, decided to work on this issue via their series AfroArt, a series that praises the beauty and diversity of the afro. The duo explains their approach to the theme, saying:
"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.
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."
This series, shot in New York, California, Georgia and in Texas, focusses on young black women and girls wearing baroque-style, steampunk or high fashion clothes. With their spectacular afros matching the theme of each portrait, the models exude both pride and grace.