✖️Title: Virginia | Series: Muse of Mule (Mulatto/Mulatta - Latin origin mulus, meaning mule). The series will expand on experiences as a mixed (black/white) American and also how race classifications contrast from country/ethnicity to color descriptions. (I.e. black, white, Asian, Latino, etc.) This series is focused on the contrast of race, authenticity and identity with monochromatic side lighting contrasts giving the illusion, intentionally, of two faces/identities. ➕ Dimensions: 24Wx30Lx1.5D” inches. Acrlyic, pencil, soft pastel on stretched canvas American Model, Helen Williams as photo reference. A beautiful black muse. ➕ Born in New Jersey in 1937, tall and beautiful with gorgeous dark brown skin, Helen Williams was one of the first African American Models during the 1950s-1960s. While working in a photography studio at the age of 17, she was recognized by Sammy Davis Jr. and Lena Horne, who soon took her under their wing and turned her into a beautiful glamourous model. Other black models preceded her, but Miss Williams was like no other. Her smile, long neck and stunning posture, was more graceful and elegant than any one can imagine for a woman of color who had never really been given the opportunity to shine. She used the press as her ammunition to announce to the world what was actually happening in the fashion industry. She made it very clear that no matter how beautiful you were and how talented and skilled you were for the job, dark skinned women were being denied time after time, because of the color of her skin. elen Williams had to put a stop to the ignorant and hurtful discrimination, and finally opened up the eyes of America. She no longer wanted it to be perceived that ‘dark was ugly’. With lots of hard work and long hours and years of campaigning, Miss Williams found a career modeling in magazine Ad campaigns for Budweiser and Sears, Kent cigarettes, and many additional print Ads. This reminds me of the disposition my grandma held holding her cigarettes and the social status that came with Virginia Slims. My grandma raised me and I love her dearly; her name is Virginia. ➕ I can only imagine the two world Helen lived in. As black and white as the world may seem, being black or biracial in mainstream industries or just in living while black in America, is a place often pulling between two contrasts of black and white, in a literal and figurative sense. I’ve intentionally emphasized the black facial features on the white side while emphasizing more white facial features on the black side. Provoking thought, emotion and possibly understanding of us. Fade to black..... 🌹🖤 Original Artwork Available - Pricing Arrangements Available. Please inquire.