Portraits for the Queen of Freckles
So, what is it about orange?
“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”―Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I hope you enjoy these bold and beautiful portraits!
I also wanted to take a brief moment to acknowledge Sarah’s amazing afro hairstyle. As a kid I used to sit with my neighbor while she got her hair done. I’d try to distract her and keep her entertained while her mom put in braids or straightened it. The process was entirely to complicated for me to understand. But I did know that it hurt. My friend was constantly saying ouch, and after the braids get finished her head would hurt for a while. I always wondered why she put herself through that. Or why her mother would do that to her hair. But I didn’t question it, that was just what they did.
Years later I learned that women of color were not allowed to wear their hair natural in many places. It was and in many places still is looked down upon. Controlling how someone looks is controlling who they are and how they feel. Not to mention the tremendous time and money that goes into getting the hair to look ‘right’. So when I see women like Sarah, fearlessly rocking her hair style it makes me feel hopeful for the future.
Do you love these portraits?
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Makeup Artist: Kalyn Slaughter www.kalynslaughter.com
All Images © Ella Sophie
Ella Sophie is an artist and photographer living in Oakland California. She specializes in creating images that empower women. Through portraiture, boudoir photography and ethical fashion photography. Ella strives to change the perception that women have of themselves one photo at a time. When she isn’t working you can find her volunteering at the local animal shelter. Encouraging fellow entrepreneurs and artists. Or traveling and taking in the beautiful wilderness.
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