Alexi was inspired to create this book, which represents diverse beauty without boundaries, while photographing the actress Lupita Nyong’o.
Alexi was so impressed by her natural beauty, that it struck him how rarely he had the chance to photograph beautiful women with a range of different “looks” for professional assignments. Often when he submitted a list of models he was interested in shooting, responses to the more “diverse” models would be along the lines of, “We love her, but…”, “Her hair is a problem…”, “She is too dark.” or, “She is too light to make a statement.”
In response, Alexi conceived Diverse Beauty, which celebrates many different types of female beauty through sophisticated and lively fashion photographs. Diverse Beauty embraces all beauty and aims to put every type of beauty on a pedestal, so that everyone who looks at it, no matter her race, size, color, age or sexual orientation, can identify and see herself as beautiful.
This handsome volume of fashion portraiture—featuring such subjects as Lupita Nyong’o, Rashida Jones, Salma Hayek, Demi Lovato, Anja Rubik, J. Lo, Chanel Iman, Hari Nef, Beyonce, Tyra Banks and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, among many others—Diverse Beauty is also a small step in the direction of changing societal norms.
100% of Alexi’s proceeds from sales of this book to go the charity ‘Concern Worldwide.’
“I am so thrilled by this project. I think of myself as a child and how impactful a book like this might have been, how impactful this will be now for people around the world. Alexi is changing the visibility and definition of beauty ideals, not just by finding a variety of subjects, but by seeing them through his unique heart. In Alexi’s eyes, we all have a beautiful story to tell.”
– Lupita Nyong’o
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On Thursday 3rd November the exhibition of Diverse Beauty launched at Milk Gallery in New York with a private event, before remaining open to the public until Sunday 13th November. The exhibition was used as a platform to start a wider movement on social media, with Alexi encouraging his audience to share their own images with the hashtag ‘IAmDiverseBeauty’.
All proceeds from the sale of Diverse Beauty and made at the exhibition will go towards Concern Worldwide, a humanitarian charity for which Alexi is an ambassador.
‘Diverse Beauty’ is available to purchase on Amazon here.