DE LA TIERRA

By Brittany Bravo

De La Tierra conveys a story of togetherness and sisterhood. It beckons the call for femmes to embrace laughter, love, and the freedom to believe we are beautiful as we are. The inspiration for this project comes from a deeply personal place of growing up as a brown womxn searching to find worth, validation, and community. The challenges I faced in childhood and adolescence left me feeling alone - feeling that who I am, is not valued. In the early stages of this project, I envisioned 4 brown femmes standing together in the desert. Their hair falling in long braids to the ground as they held hands and danced together. This vision embodied the sense of togetherness I wanted to create while offering a nod to the community I have now found. The key to my healing was finding love, validation, and a sense of belonging within the Xicanx and indigenous artist community. I created this piece from a place of joy and gratitude. I am inspired daily by the beautiful black and brown art being created around me. The heartbeat behind this project is to convey a love letter and a thank you to these brilliant communities through the photographs I created. My hope is that someone like me can look at these photos and feel loved and worthy just as they are.

CREDITS

Photographer: Brittany Bravo @bravocado._ | Stylist: Megan Ornelas @meg_rose10 | Styling Assistant: Katherine Illaria Delgado @kathilicious | Hair: Desireé Irving @desirvbeauty | Makeup Artists: Wendy Cordero @makeupartistwendyc and Jessica Monzalvo @jembyjem | Models: Glenda Hernandez Quezada @glenduhalicia, Jennifer Torres @jen4romtheblock, Salma Ocelotlxochitl @ssalmitaa, and Katherine Benitez @_imjstlivin

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Brittany Bravo

Brittany Bravo is a fashion and lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles, CA.

Her work is inspired by her Xicanx culture, the power of community and the beauty of diversity. Brittany's work on "Redefining Masculinity" was featured as best of 2019 by Getty Images. When she's not shooting, she mentors at Las Fotos Project, an organization dedicated to uplifting teen photographers from communities of color.

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