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Student organises powerful photoshoot to celebrate the beauty of black women

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Student organises powerful photoshoot to celebrate the beauty of black women

‘No matter your size or your colour, we are all beautiful’

 

A nursing student has brought together a group of her friends to create a photoshoot that celebrates the beauty of black women.

Inspired by other images she had seen online, Sameria Gbieor wanted to organise one of her own in a bid to inspire women to love their unique bodies.

“I was scrolling down my Instagram page one day, and I saw this beautiful picture with four melanin sisters. And I said to myself, ‘I want to do something like this, but with more girls,’” Gbieor, a mother of one, told Yahoo.

The 20-year-old quickly gathered a handful of her friends and contacted Tolulope Gangbo, a photographer she had been working with for nine months, to help bring her vision to life.

With seven other black women agreeing to take part, Gbieor admits that initially she hoped more would join in but many admitted they were too uncomfortable in their own skin.

However, this only inspired her more. Gbieor wanted to highlight all types of beauty, “promote black excellence” and convince women that, “No matter your size or your colour, we are all beautiful.”

“What I wanted to get out there to my dark-skinned sisters is to love yourself,” she said.

“Once you love yourself, amazing things start to happen.”

Posing in black underwear, the eight young women represented a diverse range of body types, hair types and styles.

One of the models, Ahnna Anderson, 24, who sported dreadlocks revealed that she wanted “people to see the usual ‘outcast’ as beautiful – seeing dark women with natural hair and long twists being seen as beautiful and sexy.”

Gbieor also revealed that one of the main reason she decided to work with Gangbo on the shoot is because he doesn’t edit out ‘imperfections’ like stretch marks – an element that was vital to promoting her message …

 

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