A Nigerian Photographer Captures The Most Unique Beauties

A Nigerian Photographer Captures The Most Unique Beauties

What is the most common image that comes to mind when you think of a beautiful little baby? From posters to TV shows to films, it has always been a white baby, at least in the Western Hemisphere.

This is because, despite liberal politics, colonial culture is something that doesn’t die away easily. Conquered races end up wanting to emulate their fair-skinned conquerors which translates into their thinking.

This is why being white-skinned has been one of the biggest negative cultural depictions of all time.

 

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But of course, there have been responses from the other side too to this phenomenon; The Empire Strikes Back if you will. From the formerly colonized, counter-cultures in the form of books, stories, photography, and art have re-defined beauty for those races.

The perception of the worlds, both East and West, are changing thanks to those cultures and the liberal politics they play with underneath.

Today’s topic is one such counter-culture.

Remember the question at the beginning of the article and the explanation we gave later?

Well, a Nigerian photographer has tried her best to change perceptions of beauty.

 

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She started off a few years ago, taking a picture of a Nigerian child who was about three-years-old.

Now, she has followed it up with drop-dead gorgeous women from her country who aren’t bound by the West’s stereotype of beauty in the form of white skin.

Mofe Bamuyiwa, the photographer has used Instagram as her medium of advertising and she is changing perceptions one post at a time.

Her profile, ‘BMBSTUDIO’ has already hit about 155k followers and she has her own website.

 

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These counter-cultures are one of the best ways to challenge existing cultural structures, like the way people think, the things people do, or the things they watch or read.

Many now-famous things like manga and comic books originally started off as counter-cultures (challenging the existing dominant paradigm of the literary novel). Even in painting, people like Picasso (Surrealism) and Van Gogh (post-impressionism) started off as those rebel artists who went against the way people think and what they liked. And look at the way millions of people adore them and worship them today.

Attempts like Bamuyiwa’s are even more important in today’s world, with rising cases of racist behaviour in developed countries like the US and anti-immigration propaganda like in the UK.

 

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It is high time that people understand that ideologies and perceptions are dynamic things; they change, evolve, etc. What was beautiful or cool a hundred years ago is not so anymore.

Like for example, about a couple of centuries ago, women weren’t allowed to vote, nor allowed to have jobs requiring them to go outdoors.

Think of this as something you learn today. Learn to appreciate things that are different, things that don’t fit into your perceptions of ‘common.’

It’s a huge and interesting world. Let’s keep it that way.

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