In her latest photo exhibition, Endia Beal, who seems to have a quirky sense of humor, aims to open up dialogue about the expected uniform in the corporate environment.
A former intern in the IT department at Yale, Beal once donned a large red afro that caught the attention of her classmates, largely made up of white males. After peaking their curiosity, the artist not only offered the guys to touch her hair, but to really pull on it.
With that experience and the one she often undergoes in the work space as a tall black woman, Beal decides to gather a bevy of (white) corporate women, whom she did not know and give them each a “black” hairstyle. Her intention, she tells Slate, was to spur a conversation from photographing these middle-aged ladies.
I wanted people that had a certain idea of what you’re supposed to look like in the workspace, because it would be a challenge for them to understand what I experienced in that space. And to a degree, many young white women have shared that experience, but for older white women it’s an experience they haven’t necessarily had.
Check out the video excerpt of Beal’s experiment HERE and her photos in our gallery up top! Quite a slew of Mona Lisas to say the least…