In shooting these particular images for her thesis, Nicole wanted to emphasize her imagery on the use of people of colour who are often overlooked when it comes to modelling opportunities in favour of a individuals who apply to eurocentic standards of beauties.
As a black male, the importance of Nicole's vision resides in the necessity of allowing women of colour to take lead in artistic portrayals of people of colour with authenticity and compassion that may not be found otherwise. Often illustrations by non minorities of people of colour can unknowingly be rooted in hypermasculine/feminine and or hypersexualized extremities, in which, for many of us as people of colour, become stereotyped or typecast. Ultimately misrepresented.
It is with this thought, that representation is important in deconstructing the notions and misrepresentations of people of colour, most importantly to myself as a black male.
Thank you again Nicole identifying these notions and for allowing me to take part in your vision. And thank you Bea for being so gracious and always being on point with the styling, you are amazing!
Continuously push through despite all odds! The future is bright! .
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