An Artistic Exploration of Misconception
Black bodies and black culture are often commodified in mainstream media. The image of blackness is used to market and sell, similar to the labels we find on luxury items. Blackness has become a label, a marketing tool used to sell cool new, “urban” products. AAVE (African American Vernacular English) has become the new standard “cool” way of speaking, the large lips and curves of black women are the pinnacle of 2018 beauty. Previously undesirable traits are now in high demand due to the adoption and appropriation from White America. As a student interested in design and a woman of color, I wanted to create a piece that speaks to these injustices while also discussing the importance of an iconic motif.