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50 Shades of HER

A collaborative piece with two Black female entrepreneurs.

Emerging talents of Toronto’s fashion forward Boutique Shop20inc, and Luxury Shoe Designer TejahnOfficial.

A 50 year time capsule that displays the resilience of Black women in history. Inspired by the “HER” of each era.

In the 1950’s Women were faced particular difficulties in the pursuit of the postwar. Popular portrayals of ideal femininity and home life ignored the lives of minority women. Although gender roles and norms were socially enforced, beneath the surface women of colour went against the status quo. After the great depression and the world war II, women made a significant load of the postwar labour force.
In the 1960’s the inception of the Black Panther Party was founded by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton for self-defence was created for the protection of the African-American citizens.

According to a survey conducted in 1969 over 60 percent of the Black Panther Party were women.
In the 1970’s Disco was the birth of dance styles popular amongst African- American , Hispanic/Latino Americans, Italian Americans.

The disco culture brought from the combination loud music played by a live DJ and intensified fluorescent colorful lights. The vibration, colors, and energy creates an ambience that is still unmatched in dance culture.

The disco era sought out the greatest musicians of all time, that happened to be African-American women such as Diana Ross, Anita Ward, Thelma Houston, and Donna Summers.
FROM THE MOST DISRESPECTED PERSON
IN AMERICA TO THE MOST LIBERATING PERSON TO BE IN WORLD

Creative Direction: Zannub Houssein

Designers/Co-Directors: Tejahn Burnett and Stephanie Boachie

Photographer: Kadeem Ellis

Makeup Artist: Rahnell Branton

Models: Nyabel Gatkuoth, Sisi sayz, and Kennedy Rd