Hey Ugly is intense.
It’s a painstakingly open and shockingly honest expressive, pictorial dialogue on racial iniquity within the Black community; among black women specifically. The brainchild of photography great Ebony B., The Hey Ugly Exhibit gives voice to the unspoken issue of colorism in the Black community, bringing it to the forefront in a healthy and meaningful way.
Marred by her own experiences as a darker toned Black woman, Ebony B. has partnered with other woman with similar stories to expose the pain, strength and struggle darker skinned women face in a color conscious society.
The powerful barrage of portraits captures the essence of Black beauty in all shades and splendor while challenging audiences to look toward a deeper meaning of beauty and worth.
Through her images and insight, Ebony B. has taken a seemingly harsh and ugly topic and shown it through the beauty of courage, self awareness and self love. Hey Ugly, ironically named to relinquish all power from the thought of all ugliness, is ingenious and a bolstering call to radically redefine beauty while empowering black women of all shades and tones to embrace the true beauty that radiates from their core and emanates to others.