American Obsession With The Features Of Black Women Exposed

Stunning photo series called “Erosion” depicts the appropriation of black female features.

One of several images in the "Erosion" Photo shoot.

 

The combined efforts of photographer Daniel Stewart and creative director Imani Love led to the creation of a photo series called “Erosion”, which depicts the American obsession with the features of black women.

 

One of several images in the "Erosion" Photo shoot.

Model Imani Love; photographed by Daniel Stewart.

The series further exposes the cognitive dissonance in our present beauty standards: full lips, rounded hips, big butts, and kinky hair are beautiful on everyone except the black women who possess these traits naturally. “Black women are so often shamed and penalized for the same physical attributes that are then praised, and made trendy for white women. This project is meant to capture the black woman’s experience as a hypersexualized being, who’s [sic] body is constantly appropriated in white society,” Stewart said of the project.

One of several images in the "Erosion" Photo shoot.

Model Imani Love; photographed by Daniel Stewart.

On Stewart’s website, where the full series can be viewed, erosion is defined as “to deteriorate, decrease, diminish, or destroy”. This series -by exposing white society’s appropriation of black female features – speaks out against the slander endured by black women in a beautiful and unavoidable way.



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