Having recently discovered the joy of photography, it’s a beautiful thing to be able to capture the perfect moment, to see the change in nuanced facial expressions that really opens up the subject in a personal, yet not so intrusive manner.

On the heels of the fight for gender equality, to say that woman is multifaceted is an understatement. It is a terrible thing to be persecuted for any reason, in any location; it is even worse when one must also contribute blood, sweat, and tears in order to keep that society running. CATWOMEN aims to compare the female sex to a creature as fair, radiant, intelligent and graceful as a feline (personal biases involved, because I am human to a beautiful black kitten). 

Perhaps this is too heavy a topic for what is, in its most basic form, some colorful pictures of my makeup and photography attempts on four of the strongest and most beautiful people I know. However, I’ve taken to photographing others as a means of self-portraiture, choosing the images that speak loudest.

This collection of images allows me to feel connected to other women – nay, other humans – through the traits of bashfulness, pensiveness, strength, perseverance, sensuality, loyalty, and unimaginable ferocity; I am also hard pressed to see anything but the beauty in any woman, regardless of race, creed, or what is between her legs.

The shoot’s goal is to represent the diversity and beauty in humanity, especially in women worldwide, beginning with close contacts. The stark difference in color, pattern, and feel for each photo is as different, radiant, beautiful, and unique as each of these women. We are inextricably tied to our fellow females by a common thread, and it is therefore our responsibility to nurture solidarity amongst ourselves, and with the rest of the world. I hope that one day, all types of beauty will be celebrated by all, and for me, the fight upriver begins here.  
Photography / / Makeup : Khadijat Yussuff
Models :
Lina Pulgarin
Satvika Neti
Taylor Mitchell
Ashley Chupp

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