Melanin Illustrated: Sorority sisters pose for photoshoot to celebrate black beauty

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A group of sorority sisters have come together to create a photoshoot that celebrates the beauty of black women.

To celebrate their 10th anniversary of joining the sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, alumnus from spring 2007 reunited for a three-day trip to Costa Rica where they chartered a catamaran to a private beach.

Here, the sisters donned bathing suits that matched their skin tones and posed in the sea and sand for an empowering photoshoot which they have dubbed “Melanin Illustrated.”


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The shoot which consisted of 56 women, aged 29 to 35, was coordinated by LaToya Owens, one of the first of the sorority’s chapter at A&M and set out to highlight all types of black beauty regardless of shape and size.

“Being in a sisterhood means having a support system and someone always there to count on,” Owens told . 


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“Black women are often overlooked in beauty. This was our way to shine a light on all types of black beauty.”

“Our sorority is all about black excellence, ” she added


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“We want to serve as an example and [show]appreciation of black women. Our commitment is to scholarship and service, and this was to honor the sisterhood.”

Using the hashtags #MelaninIllustrated and #TITEtakescostarica, the women have shared photos of their breathtaking trip to the Central American country on Instagram which have since gone viral and received a flood of adoration from supporters. 


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“Black beauty in all shades & tones of our culture & heritage! Much love Sorors,” one person wrote.

Another added,”Gorgeous ladies! Thank you for putting this beautiful image out for the world to smile at.”


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