West African Woman Reveals Stunning and Reflective "Black Mirror" Project

Deddeh Howard, blogger and fashion enthusiast from West Africa, always had a passion for traveling, fashion, and culture, but she rarely saw women who looked like her in advertisements or on commercials.

"When growing up as a girl I always wondered, why the big brands... rarely seem to use a black model," Howard wrote on her blog, Secrets of DD. "And if they do, a very small group of black models does make the cut here and there, but that group seems to remain pretty much identical over a long period of time."

Howard set out to create "more equal visibility of all races, being it white, black, Asian, Latino, etc." to encourage all women to believe "in our potential."

She did this by recreating the advertisements we see every day in a project she named "Black Mirror," shot by photographer Raffael Dickreuter.

"I hope this project can help to bring awareness back to the positive side of black people. Unfortunately we are rarely shown in a positive light in the media."

Click through the gallery above to see the many stunning photos from the series.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Raffael Dickreuter

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Raffael Dickreuter

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Raffael Dickreuter

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Raffael Dickreuter

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Raffael Dickreuter

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Raffael Dickreuter

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Raffael Dickreuter

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Raffael Dickreuter

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Raffael Dickreuter

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Raffael Dickreuter