The Art of Looking by Beyond The Reflection Editorial

Photographer: @thebenivan
Art Direction: @sophia_copley
Makeup Artist: @back2naturegirl
Nail Artist: @skargardsfin
Hair Stylist: @darrenagyeidua

Hair Assistant :@jadefarmiloemua

Stylist: @sharahayz

 

Words @sophia_copley

By Carla Nunes, a burns victim from seven months of age, has spent her entire life being told that she was different and not conventionally beautiful. Trapped and discontent with her own reflection, this photo shoot shows Carla escaping to freedom as she finally realizes self-acceptance. Able to look beyond the reflection of her physical scars, she sees beauty. “Growing up with scars, I felt a little bit out of place and that people were always looking at me; especially little kids. That was just me not understanding what I had. As I got older and became a parent I found it less hard. People see me as a mum now and not what I look like. I’m not just a burns victim. I’m a mum too, and the mum bit overtook the burnt part.” Carla Nunes, Models Of Diversity

In today’s society, there is a mounting pressure to conform to what is perceived as flawless and achieve utter perfection. The concept of ‘The Art Of Looking Beyond The Reflection’ series turns this social issue on its head and is all about empowering women to accept themselves for who they truly are – both inside and out.

Carla “Growing up with scars, I felt a little bit out of place and that people were always looking at me; especially little kids. That was just me not understanding what I had. As I got older and became a parent I found it less hard. People see me as a mum now and not what I look like. I’m not just a burns victim. I’m a mum too, and the mum bit overtook the burnt part.” Carla Nunes, Models Of Diversity


Campaigning for the celebration of diversity and individuality in fashion and beauty is now more important than ever. Imperfection should always prevail over perfection. By supporting Models of Diversity, we can start to make a change and shift perceptions of beauty for the better. –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darren Agyei-Dua