The words I chose during the naming of this article set the tone for what you are about to watch. Keep in mind, if the trailer is this breathtaking… Can you fathom the full project?
Subjects of Desire is a timely documentary film that examines the cultural shift in North American beauty standards toward embracing Black female aesthetics and features. From society’s new fixation on the ‘booty’, fuller lips, the dramatic rise of spray-tanned skin, ethnic hairstyles, and athletic bodies, some argue that Black women are having a beauty moment. But others, primarily Black women, argue that traditional Black features and attributes are seen as more desirable when they are on White women.
Told from the POV of women who aren’t afraid to challenge conventional beauty standards, the film explores the positive and negative portrayals of Black women in media and asks what is the impact today?
Weaving through the past and present, Subjects of Desire is a culturally significant, provocative documentary film that challenges and ultimately deconstructs what we understand about race and the power behind beauty.