In honor of Black of History Month, I created a photo series of myself posing as 5 iconic Black women in history. This series is my way of paying homage to dope iconic Black women who’ve paved the way and continue to inspire me in my aspirations, career and beyond.
All these photos were taken and styled by me-thanks for the self-timer, are meant to inspire and empower. Enjoy!
1. Shirley Chisholm (1964-2005)
1st African American woman elected to the United States Congress in 1968. Four years later, she became the first major-party black candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency.
You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”- Shirley Chisholm
2. Madame CJ Walker (1967-1919)
Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, created specialized hair products for African-American hair and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire.
I got my start by giving myself a start”- Madame CJ Walker
3. Donyale Luna (1945-1968)
In 1966, Luna became the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue. She also appeared in several underground films by Andy Warhol.
A very weird child, even from birth, living in a wonderland, a dream.”- A description of Donyale by one of her relatives.
4. Florence Joyner aka “Flo Jo” (1959-1998)
Considered the fastest woman of all time for the records she set in 1988 for both the 100 and 200 meter. She still holds those records today.
The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.”- Florence Joyner
5. Kathleen Cleaver (1945- present)
From 1967 to 1971, Cleaver was the Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party and the 1st woman member of their Central Committee. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer at Emory Law.
I didn’t set out to be successful, I set out to make revolutionary change.” – Kathleen Cleaver