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Power to the Afro

It’s been a while since I wanted to use images from V Magazine’s beautiful editorial featuring my all time favorite model Joan Smalls (Beat Bolliger did the styling). She appears as a sensual version of activist and intellectual figure Angela Davis, the afro being the key detail. I was really inspired by this shoot. Much more than a hair style or a fashion trend like it is often perceived nowadays, in the 70’s context  having an afro was mostly about embracing who you are, your roots and revendicate your identity, even a political act sometimes. It’s definitely a vast and fascinating subject that I’ll be exploring hopefully very soon, stay tuned!

Model and Actress Tamara Dobson
Model and Actress Tamara Dobson
Political activist and author Angela Davis
Political activist and author Angela Davis
Black Panther member Kathleen Cleaver
Black Panther member Kathleen Cleaver
Model Joan Smalls in Vogue Spain
Joan Smalls in V Magazine (photography by Alasdair McLellan)
Joan Smalls in Vogue Spain (photographer Alasdair Mc Lellan)
Joan Smalls in V Magazine
(photography by Alasdair Mc Lellan)
Stylist Julia Sarr Jamois
Stylist Julia Sarr Jamois
Singer Esperanza on the cover of T Magazine
Singer Esperanza Spalding on the cover of T Magazine