Model Ebonee Davis is a certified BGLH fave. She’s smart as a whip, articulate about her identity as a black woman in fashion, woke AF and stunningfuly beautiful. In February she sparked dialogue when she candidly discussed what the fashion industry really thinks of black American women’s beauty. (Hint… not much.)
“Casting directors would ask me, “Where are you from?” to which I would respond, “Seattle.” And then, “Where are your parents from?” to which I would respond “Seattle.” I was met with looks of confusion. As if it were impossible to conceptualize that black beauty exists right here in America. If they were really bold they would ask me, “But, like, what’s your ethnicity? Where are your people from?” And I would say, “Well my people were kidnapped and brought here as slaves and had their identity erased so I don’t really know.” And I wouldn’t get a great response. They would say to me, “You’re so beautiful, you must be mixed.” What may have been intended as a compliment felt like an attempt to rationalize the source of my beauty. If I was mixed it would all make sense.”
And now, she went ahead and gave us yet another reason to love her with an incredible photoshoot for fashion mag The Cut channelling eight iconic black women.
Shoots like this are common. But given Davis’ full embrace of her black womanhood this one feels significant. Davis recreates iconic images of Nina Simone, Donyale Luna, Marsha Hunt, Iman, Pat Cleveland, Diana Ross, Tina Turner and Josephine Baker.
YAS girl! #favestatus. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this beauty.
Ladies, what do you think of the shoot?