feature: brazilian photographer mateus aquino glorifies curly and textured hair in “prévia” portrait series

March 25, 2016

“Prévia” is a portrait series by Brazilian photographer Mateus Aquino. In this series,the photographer explores the nature and beauty of curly, coily hair textures. Alongside a tradition portrait, Aquino photographs the model’s hair close-up, as if take its portrait, too. “The editorial seeks to glorify curly hair and to empower others to accept their natural beauty and curl pattern. It’s not fashion, it’s DNA!

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Models: Sarah Alcantara, Carolina Carvalho, Aline Sales, Elisabete Priscilla, Jaai Costa,
Simone Santos, Débora Santos, Ana Santos
Production: Matthew Aquino
Assistance: Marco Menezes

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at