Beautiful Photo Portraits Of Australian Women Painted In Vibrant Colors – Design You Trust

Beautiful Photo Portraits Of Australian Women Painted In Vibrant Colors

1

As part of FLAIR Melbourne – a Flinders Lane art festival – Melbourne’s Lisa Minogue presents stylised photographic portraits of Australian women of colour, their faces painted vibrantly to accentuate their individuality and encourage the viewer to study each face more closely. Minogue asked each woman the same question: “What do the words “coloured girl” mean to you?”.

Ayah. “When I was at primary school, all these kids would touch my hair and rub my skin to see if the colour would come off. I would think, “It’s just skin … what do you expect?”.

2

Liberty. “I am proud to be black. When stereotypes arise, I remind myself that way up the family tree I am connected to a long line of strong and powerful independent black women”.

3

Atong. “Why make it harder for me to stay true to my culture and love my skin colour? Why take my culture, yet not me? Why make my sisters so weak that they feel they have to bleach their skin colour to belong and be excepted by the mainstream? … If (racism) was not the reason, why only show in the media that in order to be beautiful you need to be white?”.

4

Achan. “The “colour” of my skin is the root of my history, my ancestors and most importantly my future. I will not let the pigments of my skin define me, however, and I will not let it be defined by others”.

5

Missi. “Being black in Australia means a complete disregard for the right to one’s personal space, having strangers come up to you and touch your hair, swooning over this month’s hairstyle. Being black in Australia means you are never born a white canvas; instead you are marked with the stereotypes of a black person – people assume you are into hip-hop, play basketball or can sing”.

6

Brtukan. “Being a girl of colour in a society where the majority of the people are white, I have had to get used to all the different ways people approach me. From being asked what kind of rap music you listen to and how you wash your hair, to getting told, “you don’t sound black”, “you’re pretty for a black girl” or “you’re not that black so it’s OK”, as if being black is such a bad thing”.

7

Zulfiye. “When being different is your normal, you wonder if a world could ever exist where you don’t stand out. You contemplate how life would be if you looked like most others did”.

8

Nehanda. “I now choose to embody the resilience, pride and grace of my ancestors. I now know they were born free, advanced and civilised before colonisation and slavery. I will no longer choose to see my coloured brothers and sisters as anything less than exceptional human beings who have had to overcome a system of oppression that has tried in all its might, for many generations, to wash out all colour in this world”.

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Photographer Ron Gile Snaps The Wild Beauty Of The Alaskan Ice Caves
Stunning Vintage Photos Show The Beauty Of African-American Women From Between 1920s And 1940s
Bizarre Pictures Of The Beatles Cover Session For the Album “Yesterday And Today” In 1966
Some Of Hollywood’s Most Beautiful Women Have Been Given A Shocking Bloody Make-Over To Highlight Domestic Violence
These Images Give A Rare Insight Into The Life Of A 19th Century Indian Maharajah
Photo of the Day: Typhoon Chan-Hom Lashes China
Stunning Photos of Betty Davis and Her Bold, Funky Style in the Late 1960s and ’70s
Photo of the Day: Total Recall
This Baby Girl Has An Inoperable Brain Tumor, So Her Parents Did A Photoshoot To Show Their Love
Vintage Snaps Capture Life at Venice Beach in 1970
Amazing Photographs Capture Everyday Life in Spanish Harlem in the Mid-1980s
Meet Amina Ependieva – A Chechen Girl Who Is Admired For Her Unusual Beauty
Photographer Captures Intimate Portraits Of Kids Posing With Wild Animals
Babies Who Ruined Their Parent’s Pinterest-Perfect Photoshoots
Amazing Hand Painting Illusions By Ray Massey And Annie Ralli
Artist Used A.I. To See How Good It Would Be At Guessing What These Celebrities Looked Like As Teenagers
Photographs Of Meals From Famous Novels
Photo of the Day: The Zoo Star
Photo of the Day: The Thunderstorm is on the Way!
This Bride Spends $170 And 8 Months Crocheting Her Own Beautiful Wedding Dress
Russian Photographer Makes Astonishing Photographs That Reveal The Beauty Of Russian Cities
This Photographer Took One Family's Photo In The Same Way Each Year For 23 Years
Brazil Through The Lens Of David Alan Harvey
Thousands Of Twins Descend Upon Ohio For The 40th Annual Twins Days Festival