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ELEMENTAL ENERGY – A Celebration Of Black Female Sensuality

ELEMENTAL ENERGY – A Celebration Of Black Female Sensuality Through The 5 Forces Of Nature

When Executive Producer and model Teslyn Butler and Co-Producer Erica Watson came together in January of 2018 to discuss this project, it was kismet. The goal was to create, “A Celebration Of Black Female Sensuality Through The 5 Forces Of Nature.” This stunning editorial, shot in March 2018, does just that…

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ELEMENTAL ENERGY

“I am dripping Melanin and Honey. I am Black without Apology”

UPILE CHISALA, ARTIST

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THE ELEMENTS

The five elements of fire, water, earth, minerals and nature are an essential part of West African healing and spirituality.

Each of the five elements has deep meaning:

Fire is the original element and the one most internally connected to the spirit of each individual. Fire is powerful, beautiful and has the ability to release heat, create light and consume everything in it’s path.

Water is transparent, cleansing and essential to life.  It has a peaceful disposition but also has the power to transform and destroy.

Earth Also known as Mother Earth is the central element, a resting place that will always call you home.

Mineral is the elemental energy that gives you substance. It is the solid at the very core of you that gives you internal strength and structure.

Nature  Mother Nature creates the basic inherent characteristics that allow us to be shaped and formed into our natural selves.

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MINERAL ELEMENTAL ENERGY

“Jewels are minerals, compressed pieces of earth, stacks of crystalline carbon. What gives them shine is their history.” – Tao of Wu

“And I will never, ever respond to anybody – man, woman, vegetable, or mineral – who tells me to keep my mouth shut.” – Janice Dickinson

MODEL: TESLYN

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EARTH ELEMENTAL ENERGY

“For a long time, men weren’t respecting women. They weren’t understanding Mother Earth, Mother Nature, the Motherland, all the motherly stuff. And now we are.” – Skepta

“Even the people who come our way look upon us in amazement, that we run only for the healing of Mother Earth.” – Dennis Banks

MODEL: NASSALI

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NATURE ELEMENTAL ENERGY

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

MODEL: SERGELY

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FIRE ELEMENTAL ENERGY

“But what of black women?… I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire.” – W. E. B. Du Bois

“Sky Above me. Earth Below Me. Fire within me.” – unknown

MODEL: SHEENA

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WATER ELEMENTAL ENERGY

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You can’t dump one cup of sugar into the ocean and expect to get syrup. If everybody sweetened her own cup of water, then things would begin to change.” – Florynce Kennedy

MODEL: KIM

ELEMENTAL ENERGY PHOTO CREDITS

TESLYN BUTLER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Lead Stylist
IG @teslynb

ERICA FAYE WATSON
CO-PRODUCER
Creative Director
IG @miss_poundcakes

MODELS

Seregely Mercilus aka Mocha
Nasalli Kiggundu 
Sheena Shardae
Kimberly Sneed 
Teslyn Butler

CREATIVE TEAM

Isi Akahome
Photographer
IG @isi.a.pix

Niehla Ollie
Makeup Artist
IG @niehlaomua

Achanti
Assistant MUA
IG @madeebymila

Tennia Williams
Hairstylist
IG @tenniawilliams

Tiara Verse
Assistant/Stylist
IG @tiaramvb
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Shot on Location at The W Hotel-Lakeshore, March 2018
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