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
Huffington Post Fashion and Beauty Editor Julee Wilson-Wareham as Rosa Parks
Ebony.com Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux as Angela Davis
Kela’s Kloset Founder and TV Host Kela Walker as Coretta Scott-King
Feminist Blogger and Activist Feminista Jones as Betty Shabazz
Glamazons Blog and Style Influencers Group Founder Jessica C. Andrews as Diahann Carroll
Lexi With The Curls and Style Influencers Group Founder Lexi Felder as Dorothy Dandridge
Essence.com Hair and Beauty Editor Deena Campbell as Maya Angelou
LoveBrownSugar and Style Influencers Group Founder Christina Brown as Madame C.J. Walker
Styleblazer Senior Editor Danielle Kwateng as Bethann Hardison
Designer 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: