Behold Greatness: This Thread Of Black Women Posing In Front Of The Mona Lisa Is All The Love You Need Today

February 14, 2019  |  

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Source: Picture Finders Ltd / Getty

White beauty standards have permeated the culture of who and what gets to be beautiful. However on Wednesday  a social media user named Darian Symone Harvin said to hell with all that and decided to post her glow up in front of one of the main artifacts of white beauty, the Mona Lisa.

“I want to start a thread: Black girls in front of the Mona Lisa. I’ll start,” she wrote.

Harvin, a journalist and host of the I am allowed To Like Anything podcast, said she hoped the call would catch and it of course did.

Soon after multiple Black women shared images on Harvin’s thread, in all their shades of Black glory, posed in front of the famous piece of artwork housed at the Lourve in Paris, France. The art is one of the most famous pieces of work by Italian artist Leondardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. Art historians estimate the work began around 1503 and may have been completed around 1517.

Harvin wanted to make it clear that her call was not made to tout the privilege of affording the the expensive ticket to Paris, but instead was to solidify their placement in front of a long treasured symbol of whiteness.

Since today is Valentine’s and a time to bask in love of self, love of a romantic partner and love of family, it is beautiful to see all of these women taking their place on the pedestal of beauty.

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