Photographer Honors Black Women with ‘Beauty in Black’

February 1, 2012  |  

None of us has forgotten Satoshi Kanazawa’s article in Psychology Today last year which claimed black women to be the least attractive, but a Harlem photographer is trying to erase the damage that was done with a new photo essay called “Beauty in Black.”

For the project, Paul Phillips wants to create a coffee table book filled with 30 to 40 high-quality black & white and color images celebrating the beauty and spirit of black women.

“As a black man who is married to a beautiful black woman, I didn’t get mad I got busy,” he said. “I am creating a photo essay that will portray the beauty of African American women of all shades, shapes and sizes.”

In the book, Paul says he wants to capture black women and girls from all walks of life across the country to address hair, skin tone, and body image. With a page on, he’s hoping to raise the funds needed to bring the project to fruition by March 2013.

Check out the promotional video here and tell us what you think about the project. Why are black women beautiful to you?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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