J A R E @the_j3_sisters CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM HEAVEN. I’m pretty excited and elated about my new style of child portraiture . Before I thought of Photographing the @the_j3_sisters , I have had frivolous ideas of how I can make artsy portraits of kids And do away from the norm . The opportunity came and I had to take a bold step to express my ideas of how I want to take portraits of kids. I want to portray the interception between her childhood and adulthood so both stay timeless ! We continue to the next post TEAM Make up by Dammy of @iposhlooks Creative style direction @mofebamuyiwa Hair by @totalshopwigs Hair styled by @hairkarved Styled by @styledbyseun Assisted by @adebimpe_aj @ernest_chuxx @official_bigjosh #bmbstudio #bmbphotography #mofebamuyiwa #kids #kidsphotography #artsy #love #light #childphotographer #familyphotography
LAGOS, NIGERIA — “Black is beautiful” has never been more prominent at a young age. Thanks to a photographer’s initiative, one young soul has been deemed “Most Beautiful in the World.”
According to People, this photogenic Nigerian 5-year-old, Jare Ijalana, has been crowned as the world’s most beautiful girl. The title came after her breath-taking portraits went viral via social media.
The source says the official images were taken last week by photographer Mofe Bamuyiwa.
“Oh yes, she’s human!” the camerawoman expressed. “She’s also an angel!” Reportedly, People states that Jare is seemingly “doll-like,” calling the portraits a stunning “true work of art.”
Via Instagram, Jare’s three portraits have gained nearly 150,000 likes, collectively, and thousands of comments.
Oh yes she’s human ! She’s also an angel ! “J A R E “ I want to portray the interception between her childhood and adulthood so both stay timeless ! I could have made her smile and make her laugh out loud but I put her in their natural moments for us to see through their eyes ! Posing them as adults ! Was my trick to create it a timeless portrait ! J A R E , when you clock 21 remember to do same pose and style TEAM Muse : @the_j3_sisters Make up by Dammy of @iposhlooks Creative style direction @mofebamuyiwa Hair by @totalshopwigs Hair styled by @hairkarved Styled by @styledbyseun Assisted by @adebimpe_aj @ernest_chuxx @official_bigjosh #bmbstudio #bmbphotography #mofebamuyiwa #kids #kidsphotography #artsy #love #light #childphotographer #familyphotography
“I could have made her smile and…laugh out loud, but I put her in their natural moments for us to see through their eyes!” Bamuyiwa mentions.
She also added, “Posing them as adults was my trick to create…a timeless portrait! Jare, when you clock 21 remember to do same pose and style.”
According to one of the posts, Bamuyiwa further states: “I want to portray the interception between her childhood and adulthood so both stay timeless!”
And her work is definitely showing itself worthy.
However, Jare is only one of three sisters also included in the photo shoot. Her sisters — 7-year-old Jomi and 10-year-old Joba — are equally as gorgeous as their youngest sibling. Along with the photographer’s social media uploads, the siblings are featured on their family’s social media pages also.
This is Jomi.
Im Glad that we have changed the perception and stereotype that Africa is a dumping ground where hungry african kids are being celebrated ! We also have bright , beautiful , educated children that can be celebrated !!!!!! And ready to change the world LETS CELEBRATE AFRICA . BEAUTIFUL ART WORK OF J O M I of the @the_j3_sisters The elder sister of J A R E When I was a child I always wanted to wear my Mum’s shoes , cloths and do all she did as a woman . I wasn’t afraid of being that woman , though I wasn’t aware , nothing scared me of the cost it would take to be a woman . “I WAS FEARLESS AS A CHILD “ I’m sure every girl has gone through this stage and can totally relate . Meeting Jomi of the @the_j3_sisters Was more inspiring . Asides that she is bright and beautiful , she is very coordinated and every pose directed , she did better than I told her to do . She definitely has buttressed and given me more proof that every little girl dreams of being a woman . I guess was looking for a platform to showcase her inner woman !!! Photography is my little way of expressing my thoughts than in words and so I am not the best curator of my work .
Likewise, this is Jobi — the eldest.
The source says photographer Bamuyiwa told Yahoo! Lifestyle as follows.
“All I want is for everyone to see Jare’s powerful potential. I want the photo to speak to her when she has reached her adulthood.”
As a backstory on the “Most Beautiful Girl in the World” movement, the source says it first started back in the early 2000’s with France’s Thylane Blondeau. She was only 6 years old at the time.
“I’m glad that we have changed the perception and stereotype that Africa is a dumping ground where hungry African kids are being celebrated!” the photographer mentions. “We also have bright, beautiful, educated children that can be celebrated!!!!!! And ready to change the world. LETS CELEBRATE AFRICA.”
FLOOD OF LOVE AND HATE
If you look at the photos’ pages, you’ll see they’ve received an enormous response from the public. Most all responses are purely positive and loving.
“Im sorry, shes a pretty child but the photoshop looks like someone has pushed a barbie doll head into a toilet brush. Rather accentuate her natural look that she can be proud of.”
Likewise, Carrie Heath mentions:
“…. cute maybe, creepy yes, but I don’t fine her beautiful, sorry but your idea of beautiful and mine are different, and it has nothing to do with race, I just think different people and different types of looks are more pretty then other’s, I’ve seen prettier kid’s, this girl isn’t any prettier than anyone else.”
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[Featured Photo via Mofe Bamuyiwa / Instagram]