Black women have been wearing these since the beginning of time. Traditional African hair braiding has been in the catwalks worn by Caucasian women and used as the new fashion it thing. The sad thing is that as black people we do not deem these hairstyles as beautiful. In so many aspects of black culture I feel like people who appropriate black culture don’t pay much attention to the real history behind it. It’s just a fashion thing but to us it is a statement.’’
The issue of under representation of ethnic minorities within the media has been a long standing one but it's an issue that Juliana and many young creative’s are determined to not only challenge but to eradicate.
“In the media there is still a huge lack of representation. In places that matter like television shows, black roles are still stereotypical, it is irritating for me, and it’s something I want to change. I am currently writing a photo book, Irun Kiko is the first chapter. I’m in the process of creating the next chapter which will be the aesthetics series. It is still in the early stages, but I’ll be looking at the aesthetics of the body, at the male human figure. I might do a nude series, looking at the shapes the human body creates.
In many ways Juliana is a typical of example of the new generation of millennials, not following the well trodden path, being her own boss and effectively becoming the creative director of her own destiny.
“Right now black femininity is really interesting for me, black womanhood is very inspiring to me. I want to be known as a black British photographer who made work relating to her own identity based on Nigerian aesthetics.’’
website : julianakasumu.co.uk