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Video: This Kenyan Fashion & Beauty Photographer Is Capturing Melanin In All Its Glory

Get familiar with the work of Kenyan fashion and beauty photographer, Thandiwe Muriu.

Do yourself a favor and get familiar with the striking and colorful work of Kenyan fashion and beauty photographer, Thandiwe Muriu.


Muriu's work is a breath of fresh air in the international beauty photography sphere. Her photos challenge the domination of Eurocentric beauty ideals, by unapologetically showcasing the blackness. The artist's work celebrates Kenyan stories, and glorifies melanin.

"I realized that I needed to start celebrating the beauty of my people, so more and more of my work has shifted towards only shooting dark skinned models and just celebrating the beauty of the African woman," says the artist.

"I'd love to become known as the woman who photographs dark skinned people best."

Watch the video below to learn more about the photographer, her journey, and her mission to create a space where African beauty is celebrated in the fashion and beauty scenes.

PERSPECTIVE - THANDIWE MURIU from African Speakers and Artists on Vimeo.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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