Kehinde Wiley's work has long been a celebration of black bodies in traditional portrait scenes. For much of his career, he painted primarily black and brown men; however, in 2012, he decided to challenge himself with a series of portraits of black women. Drawing inspiration from his usual sources, Wiley adorned the women in wigs and custom gowns for their sittings. The entire process was captured in a documentary named for the series "Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace."
Natural Black hair styles are still seen as deviant and unprofessional in many settings, and a recent court ruling might make it even harde...
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