Natural hair can be a powerful symbol of self-love, beauty and empowerment. To keep the black girl magic alive, Atlanta-based husband and wife photography duo, Kahran and Regis Bethencourt (better known as CreativeSoul) composed stunning visuals featuring young girls of colour for their photo series, AfroArt.
“In the AfroArt series, our hope is that black children (and parents) look at these photos and see themselves represented in ways that they have not seen before,” the Bethencourts said in an interview with Teen Vogue. “We also hope that they are inspired by the hairstyles and feel more confident about their own natural hair journey, skin, and culture.”
With the mission to demolish stereotypes and to broaden the representation of children in the media, AfroArt features photos where hair takes centre stage. As writer Alisha Acquaye so eloquently puts, “They prove that black hair can transform into powerful, unusual, and innovative shapes that make these visual stories more exciting and lively.”
“Our goal was to normalize the idea of kids wearing natural hair in the industry,” the Bethencourts said. “We started this series to showcase the beauty and versatility of afro hair and show the endless styling possibilities.” Showcasing girls and their beautiful hair isn’t limited to the AfroArt series, the Creative Soul portfolio is filled with breathtaking images of kids showing off their style.
From the dreamy, asymmetrical ‘fros to springy spirals and gorgeous braids, it’s refreshing to see textured hair celebrated in so many delightful and creative ways. With a little inspiration from these photos, we hope to see more women (young girls especially) being proud of, and rocking their natural hair.