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An Atlanta-based couple is taking a different approach to #BlackGirlMagic and combining baby hair, afros and the Baroque era. Regis and and Kahran Bethencourt are the couple behind CreativeSoul Photography and they’re highlighting the beauty of black girls and their hair. MyModernMet recently shared the couple’s latest series “Afro Art” which features young girls in elaborate costumes in everything from to steam-punk clothing to high-fashion with their hair taking center stage. Kahran shared with the site how the couple thought it was important to feature young women of color in a way that popular culture still often struggles to accomplish:

“We feel that it is so important for kids of color to be able to see positive images that look like them in the media.”

“Unfortunately the lack of diversity often plays into the stereotypes that they are not ‘good enough’ and often forces kids to have low self-esteem.”

She says that the series is one step in the right direction in affirming positive images for young black girls:

“We hope that viewers will see the beauty and versatility of afro hair, and we hope that girls around the world will be inspired to love their unique differences and beauty within.”

Lachanda Gatson is the hairstylist behind the colorfully, creative geometric and edgy hairdos. Kahran also explains to Yahoo Lifestyle the importance of teaching kids to love the skin they are in:

“We try to combat these stereotypes in our photography by showing diverse imagery of kids who love the skin they’re in, their own natural curls, and their culture.”

The Bethencourts began shooting the Baroque-themed series (the Renaissance era around the 17th and 18th centuries) during summer 2016 to contrast the girls’ larger-than-life hairstyles. They shared that more rewarding than the breathtaking final photos, was seeing each of the girls fall in love with their natural beauty. Kahran shares some of the girls didn’t want the photo shoot to end and even wanted to wear the styles home. Kahran says a great hairstyle and self-confidence are sometimes all a girl needs:

“We also hope that it gives them the boost of confidence they need to go out and conquer the world.”

You can check out a few flicks from the series below:

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