Black Girl in a Sunflower Field: Inspiration for Black Girls Everywhere
This post is about empowering black girls and creating content for the representation gap that needs to be filled. The self-esteem of many African American children can grow or diminish while they are young, which will impact their futures. As such, it's important we help black children find inspiration from positive and uplifting images.
Her eyes are wide, her smile is big. She's not afraid of the world or what it might bring. Her arms stretch out in front of her as she looks up at the sky. The sun shines down on her and behind her, there's a field full of sunflowers. She won't let anything stop her from being herself- fearless, happy, and beautiful with every single step that she takes. Black Girl in a Sunflower Field: Inspiration for Black Girls Everywhere is fulfilling the representation gap by inspiring black girls everywhere who need it most!
Dear Little Black Girl,
I've come to realize that some of the greatest accomplishments have come from those seeking to make a change.
I live for the day that you can look up any activity in the world and find a representation that inspires you to create more beauty in the world. Until then I strive to be that representative. When the thought first occurred to me to do a sunflower field shoot I immediately took to the internet to find inspiration. To my disappointment, I was unable to find a single black model in the sea of sunflower shoot inspiration. Sadly, this feeling is all too familiar.
We live in a time of little but increasing representation for women of color in roles of luxury and power. I am here to change that. I believe in this project so much because it is a representation for black girls everywhere - literally, and figuratively. Black girls are celebrated at every turn of their lives but we rarely celebrate them as powerful forces on society creating transformation from within - not just taking up space or being seen in one way or another.
I don't blame black people (women and men) for being unhappy or feeling misrepresented. But I'm tired of seeing black women represented in the media as struggling, stressed or sad. Every time this happens on TV; for every book written about it, we need more photos of powerful black girls with joy on their faces.
And so, I have sought to be the change that I wanted to see in the world. I knew that if I wanted to see a black girl in a sunflower field then I would have to be the one who made it happen. I am always honored to do shoots like this, which will inspire generations of black girls to come.
This project is very important to me because I remember what it was like when I was young and didn’t see many women who looked like me in high fashion magazines or runway shows. I believe that it is our sovereign duty to leave behind inspiring works of art for future generations. If history has taught us one thing, art and love have the power to transcend time. We see this evident in cave paintings, hieroglyphs, sculptures, and monuments. All incredible works of art that we still marvel at to this day.
So what will you choose to leave behind? In the words of the great Dr. Maya Angelou, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
This black girl in a sunflower field project represents the beauty and bravery of young girls everywhere. She is my representation to all that come after me, not just for black girls but for every single one of us who has had their voice snatched away or feels as if they’ve been overlooked by society at large. I am honored to make your spirit bright with my contributions.
As you peruse through these photos I would like you to imagine yourself as the girl in these photos. What does it feel like to be her? I want each of us to know that we each have the right to live a happy and fulfilling life despite any lack of representation!
Strive for the best and reach for all that you desire! There is no dream too big. Remember, our success is not limited by the things we may attain. It is measured by the impact that we have on the world and those around us.
I hope that from this post you are inspired to create more beauty in this world through your works. I look forward to being moved by your art and I am honored to be a part of the change.
Black Girl in a Sunflower Field
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