feature: ‘not my nude’ – the new photo project about “nude” makeup shades and underwear that don’t work for people of color

July 16, 2015

Check out the ‘Not My Nude’ project – a new on-going photo series that shows women of color in makeup and/or clothing that has been labelled “nude” or “flesh”. Its creator, photographer Anastasia Warren (a sophomore at School of Visual Arts), tells us: “I am photographing women with skin tones that contradict the white standard, implied by assigning a color to the word “nude”, and examining the cause and effect of micro-aggressions.” In regards to her inspiration, Anastasia adds: “I first formed the concept for ‘Not My Nude’ during research for a project in my race studies class in my junior year of high school. I came across an article about Michelle Obama wearing a “flesh” toned dress and the commentary pointed out that it was not in fact the tone of her flesh. My project came to fruition in my first year at SVA because I had the equipment and studio facilities to imitate mainstream magazines and gear it toward fashion, beauty, and industries that notoriously lack racial diversity.” See some images from the project below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor