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Magical Visions of Black Beauty

Kahran and Regis Bethencourt with a foreword by Amanda Seales

St. Martin's Press

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ISBN10: 1250204569
ISBN13: 9781250204561


256 Pages



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With stunning images of natural hair and gorgeous, inventive visual storytelling, GLORY puts Black beauty front and center with more than 100 breathtaking photographs and a collection of powerful essays about the children. At its heart, it is a recognition and celebration of the versatility and innate beauty of black hair, and black beauty. The glorious coffee-table book pays homage to the story of our royal past, celebrates the glory of the here and now, and even dares to forecast the future.

It brings to life past, present, and future visions of black culture and showcases the power and beauty of recognizing and celebrating oneself. Beauty as an expression of who you are is power. When we define our own standards of beauty, we take back that power. GLORY encourages children around the world to feel that power and harness it.


Praise for GLORY

"Glory is Blackness in all its grace and beauty by way of the next generation . . . To be young, gifted and Black is where it’s at."Chicago Tribune

“But hardly any photo collection compares to the magic that is Glory. A must for our home. A must for Black children, for all children.”—Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestseller and National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be An Antiracist

"Gorgeous photography, but so much more. A truly inspired and inspiring work that speaks eloquently to our inherent beauty and power."—Brittney Cooper, author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers her Superpower

"Seeing our beauty reflected in our children and having our children see their natural beauty be fully embraced is a gift to the race and a gift to the world. This transcendent work acknowledges the grace, and brilliance held in our black bodies."—Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestseller

"These are not just photographs, this is artistically, politically, and socially important work."—Patrisse Khan-Cullors, author of The New York Times bestseller, When They Call You a Terrorist

"They've made the capturing and the depiction of the beauty and the limitlessness of blackness their mission."—Damon Young, Founder of

"An exquisite pictorial love letter to Black children around the world."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Glorious, indeed."Booklist

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About the author

Kahran and Regis Bethencourt with a foreword by Amanda Seales

Regis and Kahran Bethencourt are a husband-and-wife duo and the imaginative forces behind CreativeSoul Photography. With more than ten years of working with hundreds of children, families and brands, they specialize in child and lifestyle photography while incorporating authentic visual storytelling. As artists, CreativeSoul Photography is committed to helping kids and brands create fascinating imagery by operating as a one-stop shop offering expert creative direction, vision, planning, strategy, and execution. They've worked with brands small and large around the globe such as Disney, Amazon, Just for Me, CurlyKids Haircare, CamilleRose Haircare and more.

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