Y’all. Yesterday was the second Model Community photo shoot and, at 10pm, we WRAPPED. (I’ve never gotten to yell, “It’s a wrap!” before. I’ll go ahead and let you know that it felt amazingly good.) To finish something powerful and worthwhile. To have people cheering for what we’d accomplished. And then we took down our backdrop and turned off the lights.
And now? Now I have to write! I’ve never been more excited or more overwhelmed by a prospective piece. (I don’t mean that relative to this short-lived blog; I mean that relative to EVER.) There is just so much material. Each person gave me enough to write an entire article about their images and thoughts alone. The topics that arose went way beyond concepts of beauty; they delved into:
personal confidence and
gender equality and
the media and
short hair on women and
community support and
psychology studies and
bogus feminism and
the ego and
power suits. (Awww, yeah.)
Do you see what I mean? Bringing so much content together without losing any of the brilliance is going to be a feat. So, while I take a week to a) celebrate a long weekend at the beach with friends and NO internet connection, and b) put all my energy into doing these people’s thoughts justice, please excuse the lack of new posts.
In the meantime, here’s a little teaser: first, one of the songs we played while folks were getting their model on (Q.U.E.E.N. by Janelle Monáe, featuring Erykah Badu). Below that, some beautiful look book shots.
If you don’t have the time for a long intro, jump to 00:52.
Here I present some of the Q.UE.E.N.S. from my community. They donated their time and cracked their insecurities wide open in order to create a tangible example. An example of how it looks when we are all celebrated as incarnations of our endlessly diverse human amazingness.
All photo credits: Allison Cook