Black Women Are Sharing Pictures In Front Of Mona Lisa To Send A Message

A woman from Los Angeles has started a thread on Twitter aimed to empower black women and send a message about beauty standards. The journalist took to Twitter on February 13 to share a picture of herself posing in front of the Mona Lisa, and wrote: “I want to start a thread: Black girls in front of the Mona Lisa. I’ll start.”

Mona Lisa is traditionally known for being beautiful and Darian Symoné Harvin, 28, said that when she sees “black women stand confidently in front of it, [she thinks] it pushes back against this notion of who is beautiful.” 

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Her hope, as she told BuzzFeed, was that if she shares her picture it would encourage other black girls and “reinforce the idea that beauty comes in all forms.”

Her tweet got a lot of immediate attention and women began sharing their own selfies.

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They were quick to share their own pictures posing in front of the famous painting.

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Mona Lisa is one of the most famous pieces of work done by the Italian artist Leonardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance.

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According to art historians, Da Vinci may have begun the painting around 1503 and completed it around 1517.

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It is now housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

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It was reported that visits at the Louvre began spiking after Beyonce and Jay Z recorded the music video for “Apeshit” there.

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According to The Guardian, over 10 million people visited the Louvre in 2018, 25% more than in the previous year.

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After Harvin posted the original tweet, other women were immediately taken by the idea and enthusiastic to participate.

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And it also gave women a reason to share old Louvre pictures while simultaneously making an important point so it’s a win-win situation.

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