feature: celebrating natural hair in brazil – the photography of maria reis

June 15, 2015

Check out these captivating portraits from Brazilian photographer Maria Reis. In a country where “most black women (and even little girls) straighten their hair to conform to social pressures, family pressures and even to avoid being called names”, as stated by fellow Brazilian artist (and friend of Reis) Lara Mendonça, Maria Reis is using her camera to celebrate natural hair in Brazil – focusing her work on the relationship that black women have with their hair; particularly women who have stopped straightening their hair and decided to wear it natural. “It’s an act of courage to abandon that [straightening hair] and face criticism and all that comes with it, even violence. It’s pure bravery and it’s beautiful to see”, Lara Mendonça tells AFROPUNK. Explore Maria Reis’ ongoing photo series below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor