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Beauty in Black is a photo essay book depicting the Beauty and diversity of the African American Women. All shades, shapes and sizes.

Why is Psychology Today trying to mess with our minds? Apparently, the editors at Psychology Today felt it was a good idea to publish a post written by Satoshi Kanazawa titled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” The story went viral and was read by millions around the world.  

So, I decided to do a little mind bending of my own. As a black man who is married to a beautiful black woman, I didn’t get mad I got busy.I am creating a photo essay that will portray the beauty of African American women of all shades, shapes and sizes. The final product will be a coffee table book filled with 30 to 40 high quality black & white and color photographs celebrating the beauty and spirit of black women. You will see some familiar faces, but the majority of the photos will be of everyday women and girls from all walks of life. The themes will deal with the hair, skin tone and body images of black women.

As a professional photographer, I own all of the equipment to create the book. I plan to photograph women from all over the country. The call for “models” will go out by word of mouth, over the internet, and in the media. Here’s where I need your help. In addition to raising funds for travel and printing, I plan to hire makeup artists and wardrobe stylists to work with our “models”. 

As you can see we have some cool rewards so please become a backer and share this message on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and other social media outlets.

Thank you for helping to celebrate “Beauty in Black.”

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