feature: dad and daughter recreate images of iconic black women – ‘the black heroines project’

June 3, 2015

Take a look at ‘The Black Heroines Project’, lensed by Brooklyn-based photographer Marc Bushelle. In this photo series, Bushelle photographs his 5-year-old daughter Lily as she embodies iconic black women – from the likes of Toni Morrison to upcoming AFROPUNK Fest performer Grace Jones. He states that he wanted to “teach Lily about history and these heroines in a fun and creative way” and that he “wanted her to be able to see herself as a future heroine”. Check out the amazing images below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor


Lily as Mae Jemison, physician and NASA astronaut who became the first African American woman to travel in space. 


Lily as politician and educator Shirley Chisholm,  the first black woman to be elected to Congress.


 Lily as the iconic Grace Jones

Lily as Misty Copeland, ballerina. 

Lily as Bessie Coleman, the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license.


Lily as Admiral Michelle J. Howard, the highest-ranking black woman in the military.


Lily as novelist and professor Toni Morrison.