Being a part of this project was particularly important to me because of the amount of diverse representation that it provides. I myself grew up with so little representation in regards to my marginalized identities. And so, in my portrait, you see a lot of intentionality starting with my hair picked out into an Afro, which is an embracing of my natural self, but also a defiance of Eurocentric beauty standards.
The lack of shoes, which is a symbol of freedom for me, and the way in which I move throughout this life. The dress, which is a part of my fem esthetic, but also a part of what causes people to question my queer identity and really wanting to challenge that level of ignorance. And lastly, my stance, which is an homage to the Black Panther party and the strength of my ancestors who came before me.