In this photo series, VOGUE Black attempts to stretch the idea of what an “Afro” is or looks like. Did they succeed?
“I wonder why photographic images of Afro’s are yet to be updated,” writes VOGUE Black contributor Yomi Abiola. “I often think about about why there are limited stereotypical molds when photographing black women.”
She continues: “There is either the exotic video vixen, the African soul sistah, a 70’s afro queen or what I have heard people call a white girl dipped in chocolate. Have people stopped to look and consider that things have changed? Hairstyles have changed and identities have evolved.”
In this photo series shot by Jason Eric Hardwick, styled by designers Lizzy and Darlene Okpo, VOGUE Black attempts to stretch the idea of what an “Afro” is or looks like. They chose models of different hues with different hair textures that still consider themselves to have “Afro” hair. A label that seems so finite, but stretches as far as a tightly coiled strand of afro hair — pretty far.
Did they succeed? What does the word “Afro” mean to you?