Law Student Cosplays For Black History Month Honoring Everyone From Cardi B. To School Custodian

February 24, 2018  |  

Day 8 of Black Queendom… Did you know that there have been less than TEN Black women to ever serve in the U.S. House of Representatives? Did you also know that many Black women have been taught to be seen and not heard? Did you also know that Black women have constantly and strategically been told they are too angry? Queen Maxine, thank you, for reclaiming OUR time. Thank you for having the courage to run for office, and be unapologetically you. We need you. We love you. And America doesn’t deserve you. Peace to you Queen Maxine 🇺🇸❤️🖤💚 #blackqueen #blackqueens #blackqueensmovement #blackqueensmatter #queen #queenbee #plussizefashion #plussizefashion #plussizemodel #plussizemodeling #blackgirls #blackgirlmagic #blackwomanisgod #blackwomanisgod #houstonmodels #houstonmod

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Law student Staci Childs is reminding us that we don’t have to book a flight to Wakanda to see powerful black women, because they are present in the world around us each day. Yahoo recently highlighted the Instagram page of the third-year law student who goes by the handle allhaildakween and has posted pics of herself dressed as Solange, Erykah Badu and Angela Davis to name a few as a part of a photo project called “The Black Queendom Series.” The project is a reminder that Black History is not just something that came before us, but something that is being created around us every day.

Yahoo Lifestyle asked Childs what her inspiration was behind the project, and the Texas-based grad student responded why representation is so crucial, not just during Black History Month, but all year long:

“The ‘Black Queendom Series’ is a creative photography series created to shed light on black women and all the wonderful forms we come in.”

“I was inspired because I think there’s something supernatural about black women — our skin, our wit, our compassion, our abilities to bounce back, our spirits, our flair — both famous and ordinary. I believe that we need as many opportunities to shine as possible.”

Child reveals that the project isn’t just a simple game of dress up, with each photo taking two hours to create from idea to execution. For each photo Childs starts with identifying a powerful black women she’d like to emulate and exploring their significance, she then researches a photo that represents their purpose and captures the “essence of that woman”. After getting her costume and additional props and accessories together, Childs usually enlists the help of friends for the final photo shoot, although sometimes she will take the pictures herself with the help of a self-timer. When posting the finished product, she’ll tag the women she’s chosen to embody when possible and her work has received praises from a few such as Laila Ali and Cardi B. When it comes to the “Bodak Yellow” rapper, Childs share why Cardi was one of her favorite muses thus far:

“She inspires me because she is truly herself and doesn’t care how she’s received. That resonates with me because I, like several women, have struggled with insecurity — especially in this age where you’re constantly being compared to the next person.”

Day 12… When white children play, they are taught that the world is theirs; be free, roll in the grass, get dirty, because there are no limits… When black children play, we are simultaneously admonished to sit down, shut up, don’t stray too far or you’ll get in trouble… How does this play out in adulthood one might ask? While there are no absolutes, I think Black children that were always told to stay in their place grow up to be adults that feel insecure about fulfilling their full potential. Queen Cardi, Thank you for being you and showing the world that it’s all yours; the whole world and everything in it is ours. We have free terrain. Peace to you queen. #blackqueen #blackqueens #blackqueensmovement #blackqueensmatter #queen #queenbee #plussizefashion #plussizefashion #plussizemodel #plussizemodeling #blackgirls #blackgirlmagic #blackwomanisgod #blackwomanisgod #houstonmodels #houstonmodel #cardib

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Plus, that leather head wrap was snatched. Childs definitely chose the right look to recreate.

Supermodel Iman is another public figure Childs chose to pay homage to saying her career goals also include possibly flaunting her fashion sense in the plus-size modeling industry:

“It is one of my desires to enter the plus-size modeling industry, which will require me to completely step out of my comfort zone. Re-creating Iman made me do just that! I put on a lot of oil and bronzer to make my skin look as flawless as Iman’s! I also showed a little more skin than I would normally show on a regular post via social media. I felt my most vulnerable yet the most liberated.”

But don’t get it confused, Childs is clear that Black History isn’t just being made by the rich and famous, but also by the hard-working women we encounter daily that bring pride and honor to their careers and roles in society. Childs recently expressed her appreciation for “Queen Yvonne,” a school custodian, with all 2,935 of her followers. The caption reads:

“A lady that puts up with our sometimes haughty attitudes and does her job with humility while we get our fancy-schmancy Law degrees. And a queen who always invites me out for a turn up. Peace to you queen.”

Childs says the school employee didn’t initially understand why she was being honored, but once she saw all the feedback, was overwhelmed with joy. Childs expressed she has happy to humanize those that so many of us often interact with on a daily basis, but sometimes take for granted:

“This made me feel validated in the fact that I chose to humanize her and recognize her for being a queen that’s worthy of some praise.”

You can check out a few of Childs’ photos from “The Black Queendom Series” below:

Day 17… Queen Solange Fellow baby sis, How do you understand me so intimately although we’ve never met? Is it the sky in the African Cosmos that connected us? At what point exactly did you get the courage to dance to the beat of your own drum? I’m still finding mine… You told an interviewer you wrote Cranes in the Sky eight years before it dropped, and that it was certainly fate. But when I hear your music, I hear the sounds and words from Black women from eighty years ago and eighty years from now, all in one. You speak to me, Black Woman, in a divine way you may never understand. Peace to you queen ✨ my soulstar! #blackqueen #blackqueens #blackqueensmovement #blackqueensmatter #queen #queenbee #plussizefashion #plussizefashion #plussizemodel #plussizemodeling #blackgirls #blackgirlmagic #blackwomanisgod #blackwomanisgod #houstonmodels #houstonmodel #

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