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The gorgeous black and white photos highlight the complexity of our curves, curls and everything in between. 

Samantha Callender
Jun, 20, 2017

The policing of black and brown bodies is more prevalent than ever, so it’s important that we as a community continue to celebrate them.

The multimedia platform Beyond Classically Beautiful aims to do just that through the use of photography that captures the beauty and complexity of Black female bodies. 

Part two of their critically acclaimed "Body Noire" photo series features six black women who are captured on film and interviewed about the journey to love their bodies. 

The bodies featured range from plus size to slim, with hair was styled in everything from braids to afros, and stories that discuss self confidence and health.

The black and white photos, officially titled "Body Noire 2: A Celebration of Black Female Bodies," were also unveiled in Brooklyn, NY gallery presentation, where Beyond Classically Beautiful founder and chief curator Abi Ishola lead a panel focused on Black beauty. 

#BodyNoire2 "At age 14, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition, known as alopecia areata, which causes your immune system to mistake hair follicles as bad cells, thus causing it to attack the hair follicles and causing the host to lose all or partial of their hair. For me, it was a very traumatic experience because the dermatologists had no idea what caused it or how to cure it. Shortly after being diagnosed, I had experienced cyber bullying behind me having alopecia and it caused me to go into depression. I was humiliated and embarrassed, so instead of expressing that emotion outwardly, I began to internally dissect all the things I didn't like about myself. I began putting on more and more weight until one day at age 21, I was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic with sleep apnea (skipping breaths while sleeping ) and it woke me up. I began working out and taking charge of my body. I was doing great until a few years after college, I had gotten into a very unhealthy relationship. It was an emotionally and physically painful experience, and I was blessed to have gotten out of it alive However the mental toll it had taken on me, was undeniable." _____________________ For our Body Noire 2 photo series we photographed 6 beautiful women who share how they've come to love their bodies over the years. Read more of @tajmahalll's story on BeyondClassicallyBeautiful.com. #beauty #BlackWomen #blackgirlmagic #blackbodies #baldie __________________ Creative direction, Abi Ishola @aishola 📷 @shotbybank MUA, Yetty Bames

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You can still catch the stunning black and white images on the BCB Instagram and keep up with more of the collective's work here.