To be a woman is a phenomenal thing. Women birth life, nurture and cultivate it as well. As a woman it commonly comes natural to make sacrifices, love thick, and heal. While giving so much at the same time navigating a world that tries to control and take everything from us.
It is an understatement to say I have a soft spot for women, but there is nothing I find more intriguing than the black woman. Of course I’m bias I am black woman. For a group that is consistently attacked, belittled, mocked black women have found a way to remain resilient. This strength runs through our veins passed down for many generations of women who paved the way for us.
I had to find a way to pay homage to the women that keep me going, inspire and encourage me when I have nothing left. I know that black women are not all the same, but there is an understanding that we have for each other since we look at the world through a similar lens. These are the women I am catering to and want to show their stories. I thought it would be awesome to show a series of black women over a hundred-year span fashionably. Over the hundred year span a different settings and types of black women exhibiting various strengths and beauty. Each set in the series is styled by me and photographed by Missy Burton.
In addition to paying homage to my beautiful black queens, I wanted to challenge myself artistically. The first set is my take on early 1900s. I was inspired by Underground and the Reconstruction period. Although the looks are pretty straightforward finding the pieces in the right sizes without renting them was a bit trying. I know I could have rented pieces to create a true 1890s/1900s look, but as a stylist I was not going anywhere close to that route. I had the hardest time finding three floor length skirts and large brimmed the hats I needed. Thrifting at Goodwills in Los Angeles and Dallas this what I came up with! To substitute the larger brim hat I made a flower crown, which fit perfect to me thematically. It allowed three different roles in the set: a youthful flower, a matriarchy with a scarf and a sassy young adult with a cape.
I learned so much for this shoot and I am confident they will keep getting better! We are going to do our best to stay in chronological order with the Woman series, but I can’t make any promise. If you enjoyed this look please stay tuned!
Models: Blisse @blissefulthinking, Cortini @model_cortni Destini @desshmp