Most of us grow up reading fairytales and enjoying fantasy scenes in films and cartoons. This fantasy genre allows us to get lost in another world — one of the ethereal characters, vintage costuming, and breathtaking settings.
However, like in many popular genres, women of color are often left out of the spotlight. One woman who goes by Twitter handle “@btsanima” has decided to redeem black women in fantastical set-ups.
In her viral Twitter thread, she inspires people to share their favorite fantastical photos of Black women, stating:
“Even though our presence is small, I will not be deterred.”
The thread has garnered more than 74K retweets and 238K likes and still counting.
The images are jaw-dropping in their beauty and, in some, gorgeously haunting.
Here are 30 of the most stunning and popular on the Twitter thread.
The woman behind the viral Twitter thread, who wished to stay anonymous, goes by the pen name Dee.
Speaking to Bored Panda, she revealed she had been a fan of fantasy for many years.
“While I adore the classics (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, etc.), the lack of faces that look like mine has always made me feel a little bit out of place.”
She added that she initially discovered a pocket of Instagram that specializes in fantasy photography. However, the platform featured a ‘minimal presence of black women,’ inspiring her thread.
Recently, Dee noticed many photographers had at least one photo shoot with a black woman. And ‘all of them were beautiful and moving.’
So she decided to create a Twitter thread where photographers can share images of Black women.
Dee believes the reason why there are a few black women in the fantasy genre comes down to ‘people believing black women simply aren’t interested.’
“If you check the pages of the models who were included in the thread, some of them do not usually do this genre.”
But as for photography in general, she believes it’s ‘an issue for the media industry as a whole.’
Even though it has been improving over the years as more women of color make waves in the modeling industry, there’s still a long way to go.
“Simply expand your portfolio beyond the usual casting, and photograph black women as well.”
Dee also implores photographers to learn how to photograph dark skin to get perfect photoshoots.
She also said a photographer has to learn how to photograph dark skin:
“Please. Even in high fashion photography, mistakes are being made because people do not bother to adapt to our skin.”
After all, artists should be open to learning new ways to improve and expand their range.