The beauty of the African women doesn’t always fit the mold of “Western beauty.” Skinny, long-limbed women who grace catwalks, magazine covers and beauty pageants are the standard by which many women are judged. Unfortunately, many Africans, especially the educated, have bought into this harmful misrepresentation of what true African beauty is. But one man is bucking this trend and he is using his paint brush to do it.
Ivorian artist Augustin Kassi’s paintings of African women are bold, bright and brash. The true African woman, as he shows in his art, is well-endowed and very curvaceous, simultaneously representing the bountiful mother and the sultry temptress. Kassi also portrays another aspect of the African women’s beauty, which is her round and chubby face – faces always beaming with a smile in spite of the harsh economic and weather conditions that exist in Africa.
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