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The Stunning ‘Melanina Project’ is an Unapologetic Celebration of Black Skin

Avatar • Sep 6, 2015

Yesterday we featured photographer and visual artist Joey Rosado’s headwraps photo series, today we turn the spotlight on his Melanina Project, dedicated to an unabashed celebration of black skin. According to a statement on Rosado’s Instagram account, he started the Melanina Project to inspire black women and men to embrace themselves.

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Here are 19 stunning photos from the Melanina Project. To see more check out @islandboiphotography. We’ve also included the Instagram accounts of the featured models. Be sure to check them out too!

Model: Deanne Roye https://instagram.com/deanneroye/

Model: Deanne Roye https://instagram.com/deanneroye/

Model: Berlange Presilus https://instagram.com/bellenge/

Model: Berlange Presilus https://instagram.com/bellenge/

Model: Kristia Tolode https://instagram.com/kristiatolode/

Model: Kristia Tolode https://instagram.com/kristiatolode/

Mode; Britt Bradley BrittanyBradley.com https://instagram.com/brittbradley/

Model: Britt Bradley
BrittanyBradley.com
https://instagram.com/brittbradley/

Model: Maria Soler DuBreuil https://instagram.com/modelmaria/

Model: Maria Soler DuBreuil https://instagram.com/modelmaria/

Model: Mildred Bean https://instagram.com/naturalsilversista/

Model: Mildred Bean https://instagram.com/naturalsilversista/

Models: Coco and Breezy https://instagram.com/cocoandbreezy/

Models: Coco and Breezy https://instagram.com/cocoandbreezy/

Model: Destiny Yaowusu https://instagram.com/ohwawa/

Model: Destiny Yaowusu https://instagram.com/ohwawa/

Model: Yanii Gough https://instagram.com/yaniicharms_/

Model: Yanii Gough https://instagram.com/yaniicharms_/

Model: Queen Taelor https://instagram.com/queen_taelor/

Model: Queen Taelor https://instagram.com/queen_taelor/

Model: Maat Petrova https://instagram.com/therefinementgroup/

Model: Maat Petrova https://instagram.com/therefinementgroup/

Model: https://instagram.com/skibo1011/

Model: https://instagram.com/skibo1011/

Models: Delcia and Alia https://instagram.com/djandaj/

Models: Delcia and Alia https://instagram.com/djandaj/

Model: Rachael Joy https://instagram.com/msrjwilliams/

Model: Rachael Joy https://instagram.com/msrjwilliams/

Model: Wardrobe Breakdown https://instagram.com/wardrobebreakdown/

Model: Wardrobe Breakdown https://instagram.com/wardrobebreakdown/

Models: Folasade and Sasha https://instagram.com/lovefola/ https://instagram.com/sasha_onthego/

Models: Folasade and Sasha https://instagram.com/lovefola/
https://instagram.com/sasha_onthego/

Model: B. Hunter https://instagram.com/b_hunter_/

Model: B. Hunter https://instagram.com/b_hunter_/

Model: https://instagram.com/thereal_goldielox/

Model: https://instagram.com/thereal_goldielox/

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What do you think of the Melanina Project?

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LBell
LBell
5 years ago

I love all of these but that silver ‘fro? That WILL be mine someday… 🙂

Chevanne
5 years ago

The lighting captures their skin and hair texture very nicely. It seems silly to think about but even modern American photography leave out dark skinned people. The first templates were created from a white model. It can be considered innocent enough for Kodak developers at the time but those defaults mean we spent decades being captured inadequately. Couple that at the discomfort with doing koily hair or brown skin for the runway and you see that it’s very significant to capture and record black beauty. Love this.

Claudette UK
Claudette UK
5 years ago

Lovely photos. I’m ready for my close up

Charlotte Roberts
Charlotte Roberts
5 years ago

Beautiful brown skinned women each portrait is gorgeous with different melanin color

fraser parsons
fraser parsons
5 years ago

Well, its gorgeous .… but why air-brush the photos? They seem to lose their “natural aspect” … and something of the personal beauty of the subjects is lost … or rather that is my opinion … what do others think?

TivoliEclipse
TivoliEclipse
5 years ago
Reply to  fraser parsons

Everyone airbrushes — women wear make-up as well, which is just an extension of airbrushing — an illusion if you will. You don’t wake up beautiful. It takes work. Why not airbrush?

Allysia
Allysia
5 years ago
Reply to  TivoliEclipse

Uh you might not wake up beautiful but I sure as hell do! Don’t speak for everyone

tina
tina
5 years ago
Reply to  Allysia

There are people in my family that are richly complected and gorgeous that look like they have on makeup and airbrushing but just naturally look like that, so fab.

TivoliEclipse
TivoliEclipse
5 years ago
Reply to  Allysia

Sure you do.

Me
Me
5 years ago
Reply to  fraser parsons

I generally agree, but I find that I’m in the minority of people who appreciate makeup-free, unaltered modeling.

TivoliEclipse
TivoliEclipse
5 years ago

Nice. Love it!

kaydenpat
kaydenpat
5 years ago

Gorgeous!

AfroCapricornette
AfroCapricornette
5 years ago

Oh my days!!! Stupendously stunning!!! Light make-up and all that glowing melanin!

GoldenGoddess
GoldenGoddess
5 years ago

Thank you for doing a project that shows all of the shades of beauty. Every woman is a Goddess, and these women are an inspiration!

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
5 years ago

Jaw Dropping. They are royalty. Show this to all the haters.

Chinyere Osuji
Chinyere Osuji
5 years ago

It looks like your skin is worth celebrating if you are thin.

Chai
Chai
5 years ago
Reply to  Chinyere Osuji

I’m kind of shocked by the lack of body diversity.

Moriamo Akibu
Moriamo Akibu
5 years ago
Reply to  Chinyere Osuji

I was about to write the same thing. There is no body diversity here. And this is not as dark as it gets. And where are the women with wide noses? It’s a start…but definitely not a finish.

Victoria Owl
Victoria Owl
5 years ago
Reply to  Chinyere Osuji

Maybe there wasn’t any plus size ladies that reached out to him? Do you or anyone else know of any plus size ladies with natural hair that shares clear and decent quality photos on social media? It’s hard finding them especially on pinterst.

Victoria Owl
Victoria Owl
5 years ago
Reply to  Chinyere Osuji

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Mew0116
Mew0116
5 years ago

I’m fat and I think these pictures are beautiful! I’m dieting so these picture give me a goal to reach!

LW
LW
5 years ago

Beautiful Beautiful… I will never understand the fascination and covetousness of why you would want your skin to look like pig skin. A pig has skin tone that is pink, white and wrinkled. hint. hint.

ImpeccableWoman
ImpeccableWoman
5 years ago

Gaw-geous! Give thanks boo-boo! That human chocolate fuh yuh <3

Claudette UK
Claudette UK
5 years ago

Beautiful just beautiful. Black is beautiful and those still in ignorance better believe it.

Michelle Freeman
Michelle Freeman
5 years ago

This is beauty.

Pearl
Pearl
4 years ago

This is inspirational!

Marlena Tyrell
Marlena Tyrell
4 years ago

Does anyone else think Britt Bradley looks like “Black Cher”?

thatonedude1010
thatonedude1010
4 years ago

Going by some of the comments, I see some of y’all can’t be happy about anything unless it’s done exactly the way you would’ve done it.
SMH

coment8r
coment8r
4 years ago

Gorgeousness

omfg
omfg
5 years ago

i sorta think they’re wearing too much make-up or maybe it’s the matte foundation. i feel like the matte foundation gives some of them an almost ashy/flat complexion, — it’s not glowy/dewy at all. i can see an attempt in some of the photos to bring a yellow glow to the apples of the cheeks, but i think overall, the make-up is disappointing.

but the women are lovely and so is the idea behind the photos.

Hair Anomaly
Hair Anomaly
5 years ago

The skin…the hair…speechless. It is so wonderful to see us capturing, promoting, appreciating, and celebrating our own beauty instead of begging everyone else to do so.

Kristia and Destiny…I would put black and white prints of their photos on my wall. Simply stunning.

tina
tina
5 years ago

Flawless, gorgeous.

Saran
Saran
5 years ago

@fraserparsons:disqus you might be right but I think on some of the models it brings out more the richness of their skin.

Darla Jones
Darla Jones
5 years ago

This is beautiful. I will be following this person on instagram

lis
lis
5 years ago

This really touched something in me…especially where he says ‘be proud of who you are’…’ be proud you are here’…man…I really appreciate that.

MyFluffyPuffs
5 years ago

These are so dope! When I was little I used to wish I was chocolate like my mother, deep brown skin so smooth. These models are beautiful!

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