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[Pics] Stunning Photo Series Visualizes America’s Obsession With Black Women’s Features

Avatar • Mar 3, 2016

Lip injections, hip and butt injection, cornrows, tanning — all of these things are becoming increasingly popular among non-black American women. And yet black women, who naturally carry features like full lips, wide hips, round bottoms, kinky hair and dark skin, are seen as least desirable in American society.

To visualize this dissonance, creative director Imani Love partnered with Chicago photographer Daniel Stewart for a stunning photo series titled Erosion. Love also models for the series, which is explained on Stewart’s website;

Black women are so often shamed and penalized for the same physical attributes that are then praised, and made trendy for white women. This project is meant to capture the black woman’s experience as a hypersexualized being, who’s [sic] body is constantly appropriated in white society.” 

Daniel Stewart http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Photographer: Daniel Stewart
Model: Imani Love
http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Daniel Stewart http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Photographer: Daniel Stewart
Model: Imani Love
http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Daniel Stewart http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Photographer: Daniel Stewart
Model: Imani Love
http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Daniel Stewart http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Photographer: Daniel Stewart
Model: Imani Love
http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Daniel Stewart http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Photographer: Daniel Stewart
Model: Imani Love
http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Daniel Stewart http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Photographer: Daniel Stewart
Model: Imani Love
http://www.dannyxphoto.com/

Stunning. Ladies, what are your thoughts?

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Guest
Guest
4 years ago

Ugh!!! I’m over this topic honestly. I need to see more and more of us rocking our naturals features proudly–regardless of what they think (good or bad).

sanjidude
sanjidude
4 years ago
Reply to  Guest

We complain about others wanting what we have yet many of our women are still wearing boring long straight weaves and relaxing what little hair they have left. How can we get mad at them when we’re doing the same thing?

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 years ago
Reply to  sanjidude

It’s not the same thing. What we’re doing is Cultural Assimilation, what they’re doing is, Cultural Appropriation.
There’s a difference.

sanjidude
sanjidude
4 years ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Not really. There is no longer a reason to “assimilate” our hair by relaxing it. My natural hair can be worn in a number of ways that would be “acceptable” in a normal work environment. If the business doesn’t accept curls — even in a bun — then if you have them, you wouldn’t have worked out there anyway.

StraightShooter
StraightShooter
4 years ago
Reply to  Guest

No one forced you to click this article.

zeldafitzgerald
zeldafitzgerald
4 years ago

These are amazing and so confronting.

George
George
4 years ago

Black women also do white woman’s hair too. Beyonce? Kim Fields? Then the same ole excuse “Oh it’s because society makes me do it!” Why is it so hard for people to accept they are being influenced by each other. I never hear white women complain about black women “appropriating” their hair styles or even their culture. Beyonce dressing up like the queen of england…is that something white women should be offended by? There is this extreme narcissism and fixation on one’s race within the black community now that reveals we are just as ignorant and racist as white racists.… Read more »

LocDaBorg
LocDaBorg
4 years ago
Reply to  George

Privilege… Specifically white privilege… Means they get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to loans, employment, etc. A white former felon has a statistically better chance of being hired than a black HS graduate or college student.

DeeDee
DeeDee
4 years ago
Reply to  George

First of all, black women wearing white women’s hairstyles cannot be seen as appropriation, as that hair type is noted to be the standard of beauty and therefore it is assimilation as “white” or European culture is the dominant culture and therefore has positive connotations associated with it. When a black woman/man wears a typical black hairstyle, that can risk expulsion from school or a lost job due to the negative connotations attached to the person wearing the style. If a white girl or even non-black POC wears a typical black hairstyle, that’s when it is perceived as “trendy”, an… Read more »

Shantel D
Shantel D
4 years ago
Reply to  George

Id like to point out that no one wears white women stringy ass hair. Maylasian, Brazilian, Ethiopian, there are no white woman bundles, u leave out other races of women with straight hair that arent white, u fail.

katarn916
katarn916
4 years ago
Reply to  Shantel D

Blond hair isn’t a white woman trait? Black, Asian and Hispanic women all go blonde

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 years ago
Reply to  katarn916

No, blonde hair isn’t a white woman trait as baffling as that may seem. The Aboriginal Australians and the Melanesians also possess this trait.

Medusa
Medusa
4 years ago
Reply to  katarn916

There are dark skinned individuals who naturally grow blonde hair also, so it’s not just a “white woman” trait.

Shantel D
Shantel D
4 years ago
Reply to  katarn916

Blond hair is a recessive gene that anyone of any race can have. White women go Blond,what exactly is your point?

Kyra Faith
4 years ago
Reply to  katarn916

There are many African people who naturally possess blonde hair. There are also naturally blonde latin american people as well. Being blonde is not something that the world borrowed from Europe. Try again.

MeLisa Narcisse-Olah
MeLisa Narcisse-Olah
4 years ago
Reply to  George

George you made great points and people are indeed induenced by each other. Perhaps if the memmbers replying on your comment would travel to different places, then they will comprehend what we already know.

chloe
chloe
4 years ago

It’s reverse psychology. We are actually very desirable to them, if we weren’t they wouldn’t desire our features. They only say that they aren’t to maintain the white beauty standard but their actions betray their words.

maureen griswold
maureen griswold
4 years ago

I mean…a curvy body and full lips is not an exclusively black trait. That’s like trying to say that looking feminine is exclusively black. Many white women naturally have those features as well. That being said, this is not an exclusively white issue though. I see many women of all races trying to appear more black through appropriation of black culture. Basically, this is issue is more grey that how it’s initially being led on to be.

you_mad_tho
you_mad_tho
4 years ago

fuller figures and lips are a black trait. And a trait that we have been taught to hate for centuries. Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman ring a bell? That being said you entirely missed the point of this article.

Janae Nivens
Janae Nivens
4 years ago
Reply to  you_mad_tho

Don’t they always? Lol ?

The Darling Kinkshamer
The Darling Kinkshamer
4 years ago
Reply to  you_mad_tho

Fuller lips are, fuller figures are not.

Not all black women have large posteriors.

Cassie
Cassie
4 years ago

the majority of black women on earth do. It is a negroid trait. Hourglass shape and very full or big lips

The Darling Kinkshamer
The Darling Kinkshamer
4 years ago
Reply to  Cassie

Actually it’s not true for African-Americans, most have an apple shaped body–we carry our weight in the stomach area. This is information based on scientific studies.

A nicely shaped rump? Yes. Huge? No.

maureen griswold
maureen griswold
4 years ago
Reply to  you_mad_tho

I’m not saying that they’re not black traits. I believe that they’re traits that many races of people have.

Ruthy Ru
Ruthy Ru
4 years ago

I understand where your coming from, its just that these features-curvy body, full lips are ‘typically’ more pronounced in black women. This article could also be argued the other way that ‘some’ black women are striving for white features, such as slimmer noses with surgery and/or make-up contouring; long straight/wavy Eurocentric-Asian looking hair w/ weave.

Overall interesting article and wonderful artistry.

carrie00987
carrie00987
4 years ago

I don’t think many White American women have big lips with all do respect. If you learn about American history, you will learn that Black people were always made fun of for their specific features (big butt, exaggerated hourglass figure, brown skin, curly/kinky hair, wide nose, etc.) just as Asian people were made fun of for their eyes and face shape! It’s fact and you can find it in entertainment and pop culture since days of slavery.

Irene
Irene
4 years ago
Reply to  carrie00987

Travel the world a bit MORON.…. TYPICAL STUPID AMERICAN, NEVER BEEN OUT OF THE US BUT DARES TO SPEAK ABOUT ENTIRE DEMOGRAPHIC SEGMENTS OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION!

wc
wc
4 years ago

i’m over this topic as well. who cares what they think? don’t allow the ideas and beliefs of those who don’t appreciate us to hijack your platform. use the platform to celebrate everything we love about ourselves. that’s all that really matters.

Seyram
Seyram
4 years ago
Reply to  wc

Thought i was all alone. We neednt struggle for attention. We neednt demand that they respect us, we neednt, all we need is to live ourlives, grow in wealth and power, and then they would beg for attention. It’s a pitty blacks are whitening their skins in order to look like them. Love it as I m. Proudly Black and handsome with ghanaian ewe ascent and it’s just wonderful.

StraightShooter
StraightShooter
4 years ago

I think the photos are thought provoking and slightly uncomfortable to view, which is good.

Tekoah B. Flory
Tekoah B. Flory
4 years ago

Amazing. Feeling really inspired as a fellow artist. Thank you so much. Happy to know this work is being done.

carrie00987
carrie00987
4 years ago

Wonderful. I’m happy that people in art are acknowledging that anything on a Black woman is considered ghetto, ugly, and second class but if it’s on a White woman, it’s en vogue, beautiful, and classy. It’s only beautiful in White America on White women. Now, White America is trying to erase history and pretend they did nothing to people. Watch, they’ll say that the Native Americans just died off from disease.…they didn’t murder them lol.…all millions of them.

CocoaGoddess
CocoaGoddess
4 years ago
Reply to  carrie00987

I give them the side eye ?. You mean to tell me that all of them, ALL of them, died because of disease

Christina J
4 years ago

Wow very thought provoking

Medusa
Medusa
4 years ago

Wonderful art photos! Love them!

da Renegade Mama
da Renegade Mama
4 years ago

I love this.

Providence Destiny
Providence Destiny
4 years ago

This only confirms that Black women are NOT the so-called ‘least desirable women’ but in fact quite the opposite. Don’t buy the bull folks, we are MOST DEFINITELY ADMIRED worldwide, its just that white supremacy wouldn’t be what it is if it openly ADMITS this.…

Irene
Irene
4 years ago

why can’t black women get over the fact not everyone has to find them attractive?

Soleil Aluyi
Soleil Aluyi
4 years ago

The Black women’s “vultures” have been around forever, but they were busy making you feel ugly and ashamed of your outer beauty. That’s exactly the way the game is played when people are trying to hide your true identity.

sunnydays 15
sunnydays 15
4 years ago

I agree 100 percent

sunnydays 15
sunnydays 15
4 years ago

Please do this again!! this was not portrayed well! It does not give a strong enough image as to how deep this really goes! We need to use beautiful black women light and dark with thick lips and thick thighs, with Afros weaves and braids! they need to be wearing lipstick and looking pretty! We need to show how the media take chunks of us and place it on white women who for the most part are not blessed with these qualities naturally. This was not thought out well at all!!

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TWA4now
TWA4now
4 years ago

Very surreal and provocative!

Ifeyi Thandiwe
Ifeyi Thandiwe
4 years ago

It’s powerful, the intent is powerful but not strong enough, I as a back woman with an afro, do not feel as if this has reached it’s full potential. #My2Cents

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