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SKIN

In my series titled "Skin," I dive into the deeply personal yet universally resonant experience of growing up under the harsh glare of societal standards that deem dark skin less desirable and less beautiful. This body of work is a visual narrative of my journey to shed these painful criticisms, to peel away the layers of shame and insecurity that were imposed upon me from a young age. Each photograph is a testament to the resilience, strength, and inherent beauty found in the melanin-rich tones of my skin, challenging the toxic belief that beauty can only be measured in shades lighter than my own.

"Skin" is more than just a collection of images; it's an intimate conversation about identity, acceptance, and the radical act of self-love in the face of societal rejection. Using a combination of close-up portraits and abstract representations of skin, I explore the nuances and textures that make us unique, highlighting the way light dances across different shades of blackness. The choice of subjects, each with their own stories of struggle and triumph over colorism, amplifies the message that beauty is not monolithic. Through this series, I aim to confront and dismantle the damaging stereotypes and biases that surround skin color, promoting a message of inclusivity and diversity.

My hope with "Skin" is to inspire a reevaluation of the narratives we've been taught about beauty and worth. It's an invitation to viewers to question the origins of their beliefs about skin color, to recognize the impact of these societal criticisms on individuals and communities, and to embrace a more inclusive definition of beauty that celebrates the rich spectrum of human skin tones. By sharing my journey and the stories of my subjects, I seek to foster a space for healing, understanding, and a collective shedding of harmful prejudices. This series is a step toward reclaiming the narrative around dark skin, affirming that beauty exists in every shade, and it's time we recognize and celebrate that truth.