The term ‘Carefreeblackgirl” has taken on a life of its own these days. For me it means being free to love the life you want to live on your terms which for a black woman isnt always as easy as many would say.

Jeana Lindo is a photography major at Parsons School of Design and she decided to do a project called Elegant Black Ladies where she captures black women in their day to day lives .


“While stories of our pain are essential to our identity, pain is not our identity,” Lindo, 21, tells Okayafrica. “The world may attack black women, but still we remain smiling, laughing, and carefree because we are stronger than any forces against us. Images of the Carefree Black Girl say ‘I am here and I am thriving no matter what you throw at me.’”

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