Not very often, there are looks in magazines that demand us to stop flicking, hold up that double page spread to the light and question how the women (or men) on the page are real. It could be argued that the celebration of black features in the wider community only began in the 1960’s through the Black is Beautiful movement that started in America. During this period, typically African features were increasingly lauded in the mainstream media and subsequently produced some iconic works.
So what makes a look iconic? Transcendence is the term that comes to mind. Here are a few from the 60’s to the 80’s that stuck with us: (more…)