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To honor the black community on instagram and celebrate #blackhistorymonth, we’re sharing another story in our series #shareblackstories. this month and beyond, follow along and share your unique perspective using the hashtag.
through the art of wearing a headwrap, paola mathe (@findingpaola
) discovered a community of women with their own vision for the future. “i want to create bold, colorful images of black women of all nationalities, backgrounds and social classes,” paola says. “images i wish my 5-year-old self could see.”
growing up in pétion-ville, haiti, paola vividly remembers the first time she wore a headwrap at the age of 7. “it made me feel beautiful for the very first time,” she says. as an adult now living in austin, texas, paola sees a headscarf as a sign of strength and confidence. “it makes me feel taller,” she says. “like i’m standing with an army of my ancestors who fought for me to be here.”
in 2014, paola founded fanm djanm (@fanmdjanm
), a company dedicated to selling headwraps and cultivating a community around them. in haitian creole it means “strong woman.” “that’s who i wanted to celebrate with my headwraps,” paola says.
see more stunning images of paola wearing her signature headscarves, right now on our story.
photo by @findingpaola