You can be a thousand different women. It’s your choice which one you want to be. It’s about freedom and sovereignty. You celebrate who you are. You say, ‘This is my kingdom." —Salma Hayek
On July 8th, 2017, a group of 11 women came together in Houston to show solidarity for women’s rights, feminist pride, the celebration of women of color, and to pay homage to the womanists before them. Produced by Nyla of Thoughts of Caught in My Fro, photographed by Danie of@The.Danie, and created by DJ & TV Host Jasmine Solano, Unity in Color is an international “artistic photography series…[that represents] the unity in our strength of diversity. We acknowledge our history as we move towards our collective future. We wear yellow and gold as a nod to earlier feminist movements and ancient symbols of the divine feminine, while acknowledging that inclusive and intersectional feminism is our standard today.” - Unity in Color
With photoshoots that have occurred in over 10 cities, including LA, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Atlanta, & The Port of Spain in Trinidad, Houston joined a list of many creative and empowering individuals all coming together to manifest a yellow and gold vision of inclusivity.
Our day began with a round of introductions as each woman described their career, their aspirations, and their reasoning on why participating in this movement was important to them. In our company we had a floral designer, bloggers, podcast hosts, a videographer, a businesswoman, and a physical therapist, with each representing various racial backgrounds. Naturally Curly provided social media coverage for the day, along with gifting a product to each participant at the culmination of the shoot.
“I wanted to be a part of something that connected me to women everywhere, something global, that left room for each group to grow and thrive and fight in ways that makes sense for them”, said Nyla, the producer of the event, on her perspective for facilitating the Houston branch of this shoot.
I, as an attendee of the event and one of the women photographed, felt a deep sense of pride in my womanhood that day. To be apart of a community where often the value of a woman, especially a woman of color, is not equal to my counterparts, can be detrimental to the self-esteem and success of women like me. Through the showcasing of unity, and having each women hold space together, there is a continual need to prove to the world why women matter. While our work is not over, we are not afraid to say that we are the backbones of life, and through diversity and the embrace of each of our unique selves, we create and change worlds.
Thank you to Nyla for including me in this story, and Thank you to Danie for telling the Houston journey so eloquently.
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