Left to right: Baroque Princess: Zoe Polley-Flowers. Dolls: Naija Alcantra & Aileen Vasquez. Lion’s Mane: Farouk James.

Atlanta photographers Regis and Kahran Bethencourt help children celebrate their beauty and their culture through inspiring portrait shoots.

With stunning images of natural hair and gorgeous, inventive visual storytelling, Glory puts Black beauty front and center through a collection of powerful essays and photos about the children. At its heart, it is a recognition and celebration of the versatility and innate beauty of black hair, and black beauty. The glorious coffee-table book pays homage to the story of our royal past, celebrates the glory of the here and now, and even dares to forecast the future.

It brings to life past, present, and future visions of black culture and showcases the power and beauty of recognizing and celebrating oneself. Beauty as an expression of who you are is power. When we define our own standards of beauty, we take back that power. Glory encourages children around the world to feel that power and harness it.

Kahran and Regis Bethencourt are the dynamite husband and wife duo behind CreativeSoul Photography. Their new book, Glory, sets new standards of beauty for Black children in more than 100 photographs.

“We really wanted to shatter the conventional standards of beauty for Black kids. We highlighted a variety of kids across the African diaspora,” Kahran said. “We bring to life past, present and future visions of Black culture.”

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