feature: canadian creatives keesha chung, amarindi norbert, and ishmil waterman collaborate on “girls with curls” editorial

March 8, 2016

“Girls With Curls” is an editorial collaboration by Keesha Chung, Amarindi Norbert, and Ishmil Waterman that about black beauty and, particularly, our relationship with their hair. The series, which originally appeared in Sophomore Magazine, features an array of black models and hair textures against quintessentially 90s patterns and pastels. “This is for all of you out there who are struggling to love your hair and see yourself as beautiful—for the girls and women struggling to embrace their inner power and strength. I hope these stories will help you in exceeding your potential for self growth, and in some way, embark on the journey of self-empowerment by coming out from under the rock the world has placed on our self-worth,” Chung writes.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Creative Direction
Keesha Chung
insta: @keeshachung

Art Direction
Amarindi Norbert
insta: @amarindi

Ishmil Waterman
insta: @ishmilwaterman

Make-up Artistry
Olivia Taylor
insta: @olivesque

Hair Styling
Kemesha Kydd
insta: @hairdollogy

Caroline Kibor

Asia Clarke, Wild Moon
insta: @wild_moon

Set Design
Zannana Pinas
insta: @zananasplit

*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