"[Beautiful is] for all the little brown girls and not so little brown girls who still get taught you ain't enough unless you cut, change or amplify. [It's] to remind us who we are. And it is with gratitude and pride that I step into the sunlight and celebration of women of color, expanding open in the knowledge that God can make nothing ugly or unlovable. God can't make any mistakes!"--Vanessa Williams, actress
"Historically, "Beautiful" is a long overdue labor of love that pours out a molten passion for the beauty of women of color. It is a passion tempered by an earthy, sensible, persuasive intelligence that embraces difference: in age, body type, skin tone, hair texture, and temperament. Photographer Marc Baptiste pays tribute to a glorious spectrum of women. He treasures the drama inherent in pursuing the elusive physical presence of his subjects. Empathetic, subtle, lush, graphic, and generous in range, his pictures compel the viewer to inhabit his multifaceted reverie."--George Pitts, Director of Photography, Vibe Magazine
About the Author
Marc Baptiste's cinematic feel and documentary-style photographs have been featured in Vanity Fair, Allure, Vibe, Essence, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, German Vogue, and Untold among others. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and twin daughters.