Hey guys! We’re kicking off Black History Month with a little swag. Check in with us for more beautiful photos celebrating Black beauty.
People of African decent are known for having beautiful skin. This Noxzema ad appeared in 1969 in Ebony Magazine. It displays the beauty and diversity of African-American women. The ad reads, “If the girls with the most beautiful skin in the world wash with noxzema…why shouldn’t you?” This ad is advertising gold in the clever use of the genetic makeup of African-Americans to tell their message. Having grown up in the 50’s and 60’s this is probably one of the reasons my mother never wore anything on her face but Noxzema all her life. She barely had any wrinkles in her face or gray hair for the matter as she aged. Timeless Black beauty.
When I ran across this article on BGLH’s site, I felt these images of African beauty were so captivating, I had to share. The photos display how well-to-do African women from the Ivory Coast styled their hair and adorned themselves in the early 1900s. These photos make me proud of our history and culture. It’s interesting that they kept their hair in updos, because these days I find myself wearing mostly updos. The original post can be found at Adire African Textiles.
According the website, these images are from two series of postcards produced between 1900 and 1910 by the photographer F.W.H Arkhurst in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast. Arkhurst, a member of the Nzima ethnic group born in the Gold Coast , was a timber exporter who lived in Assinie and later in Grand Bassam. His studio photographs capture perfectly the then fashionable style of women’s dress along the African coast from the Niger Delta to the Ivory Coast as families grew prosperous from trading opportunities in the expanding colonial economies. Hair was swept high and adorned with gold jewellery or wrapped in cloth, tailored dress was of imported cotton prints, often with a shawl or wrap of locally woven fabrics.
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