Black. Femme. Magic. : A love letter of Affirmations

 Make-up, Hair, Photography- Tanya Turton   Model- Lereen S. Francois

Make-up, Hair, Photography- Tanya Turton 

Model- Lereen S. Francois

" You've seen her naked

But have you seen her Naked

Like walls broken down Naked

Layers peeled back Naked

I'm talkin' her deepest fear Naked

Her heart's desire Naked

What keeps her up at night Naked

Her embarrassing secrets Naked

The trials of her past Naked

The little girl inside Naked

Like #vulnerability Naked

I'm talkin' #Soul Deep Naked

If you only saw her naked

Then you haven't seen her at all..."

- Lereen S. Francois

 

For this NiaZamar Impact shoot I decided to connect with another local artist Lereen S. Francois, to express the beauty that is Black Femme Magik. 

If you are new to this concept the definitions are: 

Black: Those with a particular lived experience and social location rooted in the histories of the African Diaspora. 

Femme: Those who are connected to the LGBTQ spectrum community and embody their personal power through the expression of feminine energy or presentation. 

Magic: The spiritual connection with the universe that gives one the ability to make the impossible manifest. 

Recently with the rise of mysticism and spirituality many have been discussing the magical survival of women and Black people as a whole. Jessie Williams said it well when he stated "just because we're magic doesn't mean we're not real".

Black Femmes often go unseen, become erased or silenced due to misogynoir. While holding together communities through education, arts and constant emotional labour they are taken for granted and this love is assumed of them. 

As a Black Femme I have countless personal stories in which people assumed my emotional labour was theirs for the taking. Situations where I walked in a room and made shit happen while more masculine people took the credit. 

The purpose of this piece is to highlight our presence. Each image and poem is a public love letter to all the Magical Femmes who feel erased, silenced or isolated. Each image is an affirmation of your beauty and resilience. 

You are seen.  You are loved. 

 
 Make-up, Hair, Photography- Tanya Turton   Model- Lereen S. Francois

Make-up, Hair, Photography- Tanya Turton 

Model- Lereen S. Francois

I am black

I am woman

I am queer

I am here

Tonight levees broke and self love came pouring

I am black 

I am woman

I am queer

I am here

The ocean bowed as confidence washed the doubts beneath my feet

I am black 

I am woman

I am queer

I am here

The ground kissed me 

The ground applauded me

The ground thanked me for saying fuck you to footsteps of apology

I am black 

I am woman

I am queer

I am here

 Make-up, Hair, Photography- Tanya Turton   Model- Lereen S. Francois

Make-up, Hair, Photography- Tanya Turton 

Model- Lereen S. Francois

 

I am black 

I am woman

I am queer

I am unapologetically here

- Lereen S. Francois

 

With Love, 

T