Beautiful: Nudes by Marc Baptiste

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For centuries, painters have used their brushes to turn female nudes into their most famous masterpieces. Now a New York-based, award-winning photographer does the same in this phenomenal homage to women of color titled Beautiful: Nudes by Marc Baptiste. This gorgeous and moving book is a rich compilation of women baring their bodies and their souls.

From fashion model icons Bethann Hardison and Beverly Johnson to soul singer N'dea Davenport to silver screen goddesses Stacy Dash, Rosario Dawson, and Vanessa Williams, and a host of other contemporary women, Beautiful is a labor of love that captures the essence of all women while simultaneously celebrating cultural roots.

Quotes from the subjects take a candid look at how ethnic women view their bodies and give the readers a provocative glimpse into the world of female body image. This work is alternately passionate and intelligent, inspiring and seductive. It is Beautiful.

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Marc Baptiste's cinematic feel and documentary-style photographs have been featured in Vanity Fair, Allure, Vibe, Essence, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, German Vogue, and Untold among others. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and twin daughters.

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"[Beautiful is] for all the little brown girls and not so little brown girls who still get taught you ain't enough unless you cut, change or amplify. [It's] to remind us who we are. And it is with gratitude and pride that I step into the sunlight and celebration of women of color, expanding open in the knowledge that God can make nothing ugly or unlovable. God can't make any mistakes!"--Vanessa Williams, actress

"Historically, "Beautiful" is a long overdue labor of love that pours out a molten passion for the beauty of women of color. It is a passion tempered by an earthy, sensible, persuasive intelligence that embraces difference: in age, body type, skin tone, hair texture, and temperament. Photographer Marc Baptiste pays tribute to a glorious spectrum of women. He treasures the drama inherent in pursuing the elusive physical presence of his subjects. Empathetic, subtle, lush, graphic, and generous in range, his pictures compel the viewer to inhabit his multifaceted reverie."--George Pitts, Director of Photography, Vibe Magazine
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