C O M P L E X I O N . . . . .

Complexion is so simple but made such a huge deal. 

 

I've wondered why?  

 

 I believe this notion was started way before our time, but I think it's an overdue time for change and it starts with US.

 

 

Models: Krystal, Justice, Trinelynn, Tyra, Kennedy, Lauryn

Photographer: Deanna

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg (flower head fashion created by Project Yingg)

Creative Direction: The direction of this shot was to exemplify 6 different versions of Black Queens standing together in wholeness. Bathing in the sun and it's warmth, exceedingly comfortable in their skin. The only beauty standard should be one of realness!

I had the opportunity to collaborate with an amazing photographer (Deanna) on her school project which she chose to talk about Loving Your Complexion. When she asked me to style and creatively direct this shoot, I was instantly down for the cause. I'm a woman that believes that beauty is beauty and your complexion has nothing to do with it!

 

 

Models: Lauryn & Kennedy

Photographer: Deanna

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg (flower head fashion created by Project Yingg)

Creative Direction: The creative direction for this shot was to show two brown sistahs of different completions, embracing each other with much joy and love. Can't you feel the positive energy through the screen? Realizing that we are made to be unique!

Models: Kennedy

Photographer: Deanna

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg

Creative Direction: The creative direction for this shot was C O N F I D E N C E ! Simple as that.

We as a people in the African American community, have come to far to be stuck on complexion. There were days when just being black was hell, so it makes no sense to have division within ourselves. Even though that's the story that was written before us, we are the authors now. So no more looking in the past, but towards  a stronger future as we learn to truly love the skin we're in. So where do we start?

 

Models: Trinelynn.

Photographer: Deanna

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg

Creative Direction: The creative for this shot was to appreciate our roots. From the knitted top, tribal print skirt, and woven basket. She embodies a woman's strength with her body language as she rests her hands on her hips and boldly looks toward the direction of the sky, with her eyes closed because she is very much so in tune with herself.

 

Models: Tyra

Photographer: Deanna

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg (wrap top created by Project Yingg)

Creative Direction: The creative direction of this shot was to ooze grace and resilience while appreciating our heritage roots. Our ancestors wore baskets to commute various items back and forth. No matter the weight, their neck and spine were equipped to carry such heavy things. The picture symbolizes that no matter the weight you carry in your basket, from life, family, friends, income, identity,issues of color-ism, etc., IT WILL NOT BREAK YOU BUT ULTIMATELY MAKE YOU STRONGER! 

 We start by closely observing what we allow to feed and lead us, especially on the major platforms we use daily, S O C I A L   M E D I A ! Who are the people you allow to influence you? What is their concept of beauty? What message are they conveying? Would you say their influence is healthy or low key a continuing pattern of complexion self hate?  What beauty traits do you hold to a higher standard? Take your time to answer these questions . . 

Models: Justice

Photographer: Deanna

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg (flower head fashion created by ProjectYingg)

Creative Direction: The creative direction for this shoot was to show the fiery of a bold black woman, Blocking ALL THE SHADE that does not better ourselves as a people.

Models: Krystal & Justice

Photographer: Deanna

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg (flower head fashion created by Project Yingg)

Creative Direction: The creative direction for this shot was to show love to our kinks and curls and also how us as Black Queens love to connect. A good ole corn roll braid has been apart  of every woman;s life, It is who we are.

What's most important in the mist of complexion is SELF LOVE. We as a people can't expect healing before we truly start educating and loving ourselves enough to correct a corrupt pattern. Believe it or not, it starts at a really young age. I also have the wonderful pleasure of being a substitute teacher where I work with the children of our future daily. I've had two color-ism situations where students have expressed their views. Starting with a kindergarten scholar, when I directed him to sit beside another scholar and his response was "I don't want to sit beside him! He's too dark! I want to sit beside someone that's my color." Keep in mind, these are the views of a 5 year old who skin tone was not far fetch from what he was showing resistance to. Secondly, I had a 6th grade scholar blurt out that he doesn't like his girls "too dark" and he was a person of dark complexion. So what are we advocating in our own community? Self hate? God created us so uniquely that we come in literally every shade of brown and it is simply beautiful! It's important on how we view ourselves. We cannot control the actions of others but we can control what we support in our own community and be a influence of change ourselves. 

 

 

Models: Lauryn

Photographer: Deanna

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg (flower hair fashion created by Project Yingg)

Creative Direction:The Direction of this shot was to be up close and personal with true natural beauty, Her complexion is so radiant and soulful. Also her braids were a direct correlation of who we are.

Models: Krystal

Photographer: Deanna

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg

Creative Direction:The direction of this shot was to show looking forward and allowing the past of color-ism flow behind us. It is time for a new wave of living and thinking as a people. 

 

I can't control what others do but as a brand owner, I can control the influence I push. At PROJECT YINGG, we love ALL of our brown sistahs! I've reflected on how I can be an advocate of Loving Your Complexion through my art and creativity. I understand, even the models I choose to work with speaks volume. I want to give everyone the experience of being able to relate with whatever project I produce.

Models: Tyra

Photographer: Deana

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg ( wrap top created by ProjectYingg)

 

So my question for you is, HOW WILL WE AS A PEOPLE GET OVER COMPLEXION??

 

*Please answer this question on any form of social media by uploading your favorite Black Magic picture of yourself and hashtag #ConvosOfComplextion 

 

Inviting both men and women to be the authors of our future!

 

Models: Na'Imah

Photographer: Deana

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg

Models: Dominique

Photographer: Deana

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg

Models: Tyra

Photographer: Deana

Stylist/Creative Director: Project Yingg

 

Models: Anaia

Photographer: Deanna

Stylist/Creative Director: Projec