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In this series of photgraphs, I am investigating how representations of the high femme has influenced my own relationship to blackness. While navigating an identity that has been historically ungendered, these works magnify the complicated dynamics between race and gender. These works simultaneously critique the perpetuation of gendered and racial stereotypes (particularly the “diva”) while celebrating my own embrace of racialized expressions through language, dress, etc. On Being Fabulous is a series of portraits of me and my Grandmother (Mima), in which I investigate my own pleasure and embrace of expression through--societally typical--high femme adornment and body language. This work highlights intergenerational love, protection, survival, and, well,  fabulousness(!), that has been given and received within the relationship of me and Mima. 

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