#BlackLivesMatter #MeToo #LoveIsLove #BodyPositivity #TransIsBeautiful – To name just a few, each of these movements were birthed through the viral exposure of oppressive values and injustices committed socially, politically and systemically. Although under painful circumstances, these movements represent a new powerful optimism and progress towards a more inclusive and peaceful world through its growing global communities.
Especially during this era of social media where we are exposed to so many intolerances and where mental health issues are becoming more prevalent, it is vital for us to have outlets for self-care that uplifts the community to continue to rise up. “Born Noble” is an editorial story and film created with the intention to remind us of our power and to remind us that we were born to be everything we’ve always most deeply desired to be despite some of our experiences in the world around us that might tell us differently.
The idea is that power is in our birthright and that the deeper we tap into ourselves— the people we already are and were born to be— the more we tap into our power, this untouchable, invisible place in the universe that only we have ownership over. Affirmation and validation is so important and it’s everything these movements represent.
The predominantly women-backed crew and models behind “Born Noble” represent diverse backgrounds, many of whom are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. “Born Noble” was meant to be a celebration of what makes us all unique and of who we are, together and alone, and it was just as much of a celebration of that while creating it. #Born Noble
art director KIM DIAZ-SMITH
photographer LISA FLORY
cinematographer JEROME R. HARRIS
hair KIA MORRIS
makeup AUÐUR SIF JÓNSDÓTTIR
wardrobe stylist JESS. M. TURNER
poetry AIMÉE-JOSIANE POWELL-TWAGIRUMUKIZA
camera assistant JONATHAN SMITH
camera assistant LIBERACE CRUZEE
ssistant DOMONIC SMITH-WESTON
model JOHN SWEET
model KELLI KICKHAM
model JOHANNA PADILLA PINEDA
video editor KIM SMITH-WESTON