Canon 5D Mark III, 70-200 f/2.8L II, 50 1.4mm
“Feminine energy is infinitely stronger as a collective rather than divided.”
― Tessie, Singer, Brown Papaya Babe
Created by Isabel Bagsik, Brown Papaya is a magazine focused on empowering Filipinx’s to reclaim their beauty. Unfortunately, many Filipinx’s feel shame for having dark skin and are told atrocities like, “you’ll never get married if you go outside and get dark skin” or told that we need to pinch our noses every day so that we can be beautiful. In mainstream media, Filipinx’s voices are not represented very well, if at all. We took it into our own hands to create a platform for ourselves to stand tall on.
I was the head photographer and took photos of 13 different Filipinx’s over the course of a few hours. I also posed/took most of the group photos and edited all of the photos taken by all three photographers. This collection are some of my favorites out of the photos I personally captured.
Read their stories here.