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Style Influencers Group, LLC, a network for multicultural digital influencers, commissioned a powerful editorial campaign called “We Are Black History.” For the groundbreaking series, the top digital influencers recreated legendary photos of black history icons. The #WeAreBlackHistory project aims to celebrate positive and uplifting voices in the digital community while paying respect to Black History.

The #WeAreBlackHistory series was photographed and edited by Jerome A. Shaw (@PhotosbyRome) with hair by Seto McCoy (@SetoMcCoy) with extensions provided by True Indian Hair, nails by Gracie J of The Editorial Nail (@TheEditorialNail), and makeup by Denise Laidley and Kalifa Gordon of Kayden Makeup Artistry (@KaydenMakeup).

“The #WeAreBlackHistory movement was created to honor our history and foster a sense of unity among powerful black women voices in the digital space,” says co-founder Lexi Felder. “Each influencer has a personal connection to the legend they’re paying tribute to. They were selected because they’re making a tangible impact and shaping our history with their words, actions, and images,” says co-founder Christina Brown. “In no way are we claiming to be the next iteration of these icons. We’re simply paying homage to them for the way they’ve inspired us in our careers and beyond,” says co-founder Jessica C. Andrews.

Check out images from the first-ever #WeAreBlackHistory photography series below:

Natural Hair Vlogger Taren Guy as Billie Holiday

Taren Guy as Billie Holiday

Huffington Post Fashion and Beauty Editor Julee Wilson-Wareham as Rosa Parks

Julee Wilson as Rosa Parks

Ebony.com Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux as Angela Davis

Jamilah Lemieux as Angela Davis

Kela’s Kloset Founder and TV Host Kela Walker as Coretta Scott-King

Kela Walker as Coretta Scott-King

Feminist Blogger and Activist Feminista Jones as Betty Shabazz

Feminista Jones as Betty Shabazz

Kela’s Kloset Founder and TV Host Kela Walker as Coretta Scott-King/Feminist Blogger and Activist Feminista Jones as Betty Shabazz

Feminista Jones and Kela Walker as Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott-King

Glamazons Blog and Style Influencers Group Founder Jessica C. Andrews as Diahann Carroll

Jessica Andrews as Diahann Carroll

Lexi With The Curls and Style Influencers Group Founder Lexi Felder as Dorothy Dandridge

Lexi Felder as Dorothy Dandridge

Essence.com Hair and Beauty Editor Deena Campbell as Maya Angelou

Deena Campbell as Maya Angelou

LoveBrownSugar and Style Influencers Group Founder Christina Brown as Madame C.J. Walker

Christina Brown as Madame C.J. Walker

Styleblazer Senior Editor Danielle Kwateng as Bethann Hardison

Danielle Kwateng as Bethann Hardison

Designer Jessie Adore as Pearl Bailey

Jessie Adore as Pearl Bailey

For an in-depth look at this project, head to Elle.com to read an exclusive memoir penned by co-founder Jessica C. Andrews.

Check out behind-the-scenes pictures from the shoot in the gallery below:

30 Comments

  1. kdf
    February 11, 2015 @ 4:56 pm

    Beautiful work. Giants walk among us.

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  2. Ty
    February 11, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

    This is amazing!! So beautiful and moving it gave me chills. Bravo!

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  3. Sharon Jacobs
    February 11, 2015 @ 11:12 pm

    BEAUTIFUL…SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL. If this was a book, I would by several!!!!!!

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  4. Jane Lorraine
    February 12, 2015 @ 2:07 am

    These photos are so amazing and gorgeous! Thank you for finding a creative way to celebrate Black women in history. Wow!

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  14. Victor O Apoh
    February 13, 2015 @ 12:08 am

    African- Americans have come a long way in their struggle for an opportunity to gain an equal piece of action off the AMERICAN DREAM.

    And sexism is to be abhorred in this quest – the women have shown too that are a force to be reckoned with!

    I Celebrate Y’ALL in Black History Month.

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  19. A-R Abdullah CPA
    February 13, 2015 @ 2:21 pm

    Wonderful. You all are truly beautiful. Your Loveliness shines from within. Fantastic. The Brother photographer is truly a combination of artist and scientist. Thank you.

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  20. Master O'Neal
    February 13, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

    I just wanted to say this is one of the best thematic shoots that I have ever experienced. What makes it the best, is that you guys seemed to want to stay true to the original depictions as close as possible which is where your models and photographers shined. It all crystallized into a very rich photo-spread that stopped me in my tracks on this busy morning. As an African-American male in America, I appreciate the showcasing of our heritage in a refined, tasteful, and authentic way. Keep up the great work!

    Best regards,

    Master O’Neal

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  21. Mardella
    February 13, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

    I am inspired grateful and humbled all at the same time. #BlackWomenMatter! Thank you for these beautiful illustrations.

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  22. Karen DeSha
    February 13, 2015 @ 5:16 pm

    What a beautiful, artistic, poignant, (made my heart soar) way to express the Celebration of Black History Month. I was especially entranced that your focus was on the woman who made History in a time when they were even more oppressed than the men who made History. WOW….WOW! I must preview your work again and again then share with those whom I know will be as enthralled. Bravo!

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  23. Karen DeSha
    February 13, 2015 @ 5:23 pm

    I was so excited I Posted my above comment with mistyped email address-corrected and resubmitted. Thank you again for these eye catching photographic delights in recapturing History!

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  24. Tracy
    February 13, 2015 @ 6:20 pm

    This is truly beautiful and wonderful. Thank you for your recreations!

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  25. Janelle
    February 13, 2015 @ 6:20 pm

    Amazing! Great work!

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  27. Sharyn Greene
    February 14, 2015 @ 4:53 am

    Simply georgeous! One up on Oprah!!!!!

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  28. sia
    February 14, 2015 @ 12:53 pm

    FANTASTIC! I LOVE IT LOVE IT

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  29. Liliana Mickle
    February 16, 2015 @ 12:26 am

    Thank you for choosing to stand up and represent these beautiful women of our past and present history. As you ended your article encouraging us to breakdown barriers and shape history for generations to come. Bravo for doing that with this display of photographs. God bless you all for your talent, generosity and commitment.

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