20-year-old Russell Schiller (IG) is a white sophomore advertising major at Howard University. According to a profile on BeyondBlackWhite.com Schiller is “a Wisconsin native who grew up in a predominately black neighborhood” and has always had an affinity for black women, to his mother’s dismay.
Schiller recently launched the #BlackWomenAreBeautiful photography campaign, shooting images of his Howard classmates. In a video for the Howard University News Service, Schiller explains his motivation;
“I find a very deep beauty within black women and I wanted to finally portray that, and I also wanted to capture that elegant beauty of what is black women and really teach people that this is something we need to appreciate, whether it be dark, light, big, small…”
Watch Schiller talk about the project below.
Howard University is known for having a gorgeous and stylish female student body. In 2011, Huffington Post ranked Howard as the second best dressed college in the nation.
Most of Schiller’s images were compiled specifically for a feature in Howard University’s Hilltop newspaper.
However, you can see some of the campaign’s images on Schiller’s Instagram account for his photography business.