scratchboard; 10.5×8.5”

“In this piece I wanted to address racial discrimination, specifically when it comes to beauty standards against black women and their hair. Much of these standards are based on the idea that light skin and straight hair are the ideal physical traits. This is problematic because it excludes others and leads to a lack of representation in the industry. I was inspired by African model Lupita Nyong’o, who called out the industry when her African hair was edited to look more European.”

ARTIST BIO: Leona Messer is a current IB visual arts student at Princeton High School. She has taken Drawing and Painting and AP drawing and Painting for the past three years. When she grows up she would like to be an art teacher.