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The Colored Girl Project is Simply Melanin Magic

The internet broke this morning after our social media feeds began to drown in chocolate and caramel.

Style influencer Tori Elizabeth and musician Victory Jones teamed up to create The Colored Girl Project, a visual campaign to celebrate and embrace Black women and what makes us us. With help of Essence Magazine, a collective of amazing creatives including photographer Joey Rosado, came together to build this incredibly powerful, fly and beautiful mobile message that is blowing up as we speak.

Tori posted this poem on Instagram:

From the color of my skin, to the texture of my hair, to the length of my strands, to the breadth of my smile,

To the stride of my gait, to the span of my arms, to the depth of my bosom, to the curve of my hips, to the glow of my skin,
My Black is Beautiful.

It cannot be denied. It will not be contained. And only I will define it.

For when I look in my mirror, my very soul cries out,
My Black is Beautiful.

And so today, I speak it out loud, unabashedly, I declare it anew,
My Black is Beautiful.

Whether celebrated, imitated, exploited or denigrated. Whether natural from inside or skillfully applied,
My Black is Beautiful.

To my daughters, my sisters, my nieces, my cousins, my colleagues and my friends,
I speak for us all when I say again,

My Black is Beautiful.

View the gorgeous gallery below.

Learn more about The Colored Girl Project via the exclusive Essence feature here.

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