African-American women still face stigma for wearing their hair naturally, says a U.S. photographer. A woman in London recently complained her employers warned her not to turn up to work with natural hair, while last month a Zara employee in Toronto filed a complaint when her natural hair was deemed unprofessional by managers.
The New York and Philadelphia based multimedia artist Pierre Jean-Louis, is changing this by celebrating natural tresses through his Instagram page, gathering 98,000 followers.
Jean-Louis noticed an increasing number of black women across the U.S. were choosing to wear their hair natural and "show their African heritage", he says.
Inspired by this, he started the Black Girl Magic series on Instagram, transforming photographs of black women's hair into picturesque woodlands and starlights.
His images are manipulated using the photography app Enlight.
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