A Galaxy Within a Galaxy is a short visual piece that asks not for a seat at the table but aims to remind Black girls and women of their innate divinity; which once realised, cannot be belittled. The piece mixes together both a celebration of Black beauty and a recognition of beauty that starts on the inside. It sends home the important message that beauty begins within and that our uniqueness is a blessing, crafted intentionally into an artform entirely of itself.
Black beauty is constantly policed, debated or othered. This message to the fashion industry seeks to take the power to define the standards of beauty from the hands of any one group and remind all that our beauty is not subject to negotiation. As humans, marvellously connected and wonderfully made, we are majestic by nature. And nothing can ever change that.
The project was put together by four Black women, passionate about inspiring the younger versions of ourselves to embrace their divinity- even when it is not celebrated. As young women growing up in modern society, we were all motivated to speak against a world that constantly demands you follow its lead in deciding what is beautiful. We have all gone through our own personal journey’s to finding our light, our voices and our confidence, which we have since re-directed into our creativity. Now, we aim to inspire the industry on behalf of generations to come so that their journey to self-actualisation can be smoother, sooner and in harmony with the images of themselves they find in the world around them. Whether it be through writing and directing; photography; art and fashion design; or modelling and acting, we hope to use our art to articulate the stories that make us, us- both as individuals, and as a collective. Because we are all, inescapably, ‘A Galaxy Within a Galaxy’.
Creative Director and Writer: Nadine Reynolds