brazilian photographer natália lisboa bucks “traditional” beauty standards in celebratory photo series ‘whip my hair’

December 8, 2016

Diversity and representation are a recurring themes found in many young, black artists in Brazil. Often left out of mainstream media coverage and systematically marginalized by their government and institutions, there is immense pressure for young people of color to shrink themselves or to conform to “traditional” standards of beauty and self-presentation. In her photo series ‘Whip My Hair’, Brazilian photographer Natália Lisboa aims to represent the diverse aesthetics of afro-Brazilians and to dispell the notion that these hairstyles *aren’t “traditional“ or ”normal“, just because they might be different. Check it out, below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Models: Ana Kesya Menezes, Carol Rosa, Liliane Nzinga
Makeup artist: Mylena Antunes

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