Ethereal looks and surreal scenes have glued many fantasy photography fans to their screens. Sadly, women of color are often left out from the fantasy genre altogether.

But one woman who goes by the Twitter handle “@btsanima” decided to redeem black women in fantastical set-ups. She thus started a Twitter thread with the caption “Black women in fantasy photography thread bc even though our presence is small, I will not be deterred.” The thread immediately went viral with 69.4K retweets and comments, as well as 214.6K likes and still counting.

So let’s immerse ourselves in a series of jaw-dropping photographs with otherworldly black beauty down below!

#1

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

lillianliuphotography , Theresa Report

Tee
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5 months ago

She looks like a Goddess.

Nether Bandit
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5 months ago (edited)

It's because she IS a Goddess 😁

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LillianLiu
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5 months ago (edited)

Thank you Bored Panda! What an incredible honour. I am the creator of this image- and what would be amazing would be to include the credits for all of those who made these images possible! Here, we have myself (Lillian Liu), Theresa Fractale, Linda Friesen, Remy Dupont, and LadyFreakShow x.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, wow, wow, absolutely gorgeous.

Darius Koehnke
Community Member
5 months ago

absolutely stunning

Party Poison
Community Member
5 months ago

holy crap... this is the most beautiful thing i have ever set eyes upon...

Mark Serbian
Community Member
5 months ago

... wow ...

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
5 months ago

divine!! <3 Everything from the depth of field, to the makeup, styling... everything is divine. <3

Isabella R.W.
Community Member
5 months ago

Mesmerizing, she is very beautiful

Marjolein Turin
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

The team :) photo: Lillian Liu Photography , model: Theresa Fractale , couture: Linda Friesen , Makeup: IG @ladyfreakshow , Hair: IG @iamdhair_stylist ^^

AF
Community Member
5 months ago

The personification of a constellation.

OS
Community Member
5 months ago

Reminds me of Akasha from Queen of the damned

May Alta
Community Member
5 months ago

This looks like mother Earth to me <3

LRevello
Community Member
5 months ago

She's like a magical, mystical queen doll come to life - like Baroque, celestial goddess - so stunning.

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
5 months ago

Truly stunning! She is gorgeous!

¯_(ツ)_/¯
Community Member
5 months ago

amazing, simply amazing.

Khadeja Abdallah
Community Member
5 months ago

This one has got to be my favorite. I can't describe how regal, poweful, and divine she looks, the gold headpiece is a beautiful touch, and the glitter (is that what it is?) coming out of her hands is ah-mazing, especially with her darker skin tones. Beautiful!

Katinka Min
Community Member
5 months ago

The sheen on that incredible skin, the gold...just stunning.

Marjolein Turin
Community Member
5 months ago

For who likes to jump right to it without searching :) photo: Lillian Liu Photography , model: Theresa Fractale , couture: Linda Friesen , Makeup: IG @ladyfreakshow , Hair: IG @iamdhair_stylist ^^

Guild N. Stern
Community Member
5 months ago

Stunning photo, I love it.

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

So beautiful

Cornelia Hughes
Community Member
3 weeks ago

stunning

Rose Brien Harrington
Community Member
3 months ago

She is just gorgeous

Diana Adams
Community Member
3 months ago

WOW. amazing , she is Beautiful. x

Diana Adams
Community Member
3 months ago

WOW amazing. so Beautiful. x

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow stunning

Junebugjump!
Community Member
4 months ago

Stunning. What a beauty!!

CHARLOTTE THAXTON
Community Member
4 months ago

BEAUTIFUL

Margaret Wesley
Community Member
5 months ago

These are ALL wonderful! Beautiful models, clothes, colors, backgrounds!!! Fabulous!!!

Zoe Stillwell-Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

u go queen!

Batwench
Community Member
5 months ago

The composition in this is amazing.

Carol Roeder
Community Member
5 months ago

Stunning!

Anna Ashton
Community Member
5 months ago

Everything about this photo is just stunning.

RyryKat .happy
Community Member
5 months ago

The gold is gorgeous!

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
5 months ago

Skin is gorgeous!

Cj Randall
Community Member
5 months ago

thank you for this. if you don't mind, i may try to get out of an artist's block and use it for a painting.

Nola
Community Member
5 months ago

Woah

Dee Alan
Community Member
5 months ago

The Queen of the Realms

Maralkb
Community Member
5 months ago

Simply Beautiful.

Andrew Diseker
Community Member
5 months ago

She looks like the Queen of England from Girl Genius

Pippa Runs
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow! She’s glorious!

Raye Cufley
Community Member
5 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the contrast of colors!!

Kimlan Lau
Community Member
5 months ago

Beautiful!

Zei Kiljoy
Community Member
5 months ago

I thought she looks like a gorgeous D&D Celestial or a goddess in Scion: Hero who has reached top level. Absolutely breathtaking.

Zophra
Community Member
5 months ago

What Barbie SHOULD look like! Wow.

b l a n c
Community Member
5 months ago

oh my gosh! i love how gold looks against darker skin tones, and the piece in her hair so gorgeous. she looks amazing ♥

Teresa Dillie
Community Member
5 months ago

"Sparks fly from her fingertips"

Paper A
Community Member
5 months ago

This is so cool! We can only hope for this lvl of cinematography once children of blood and bones hits the screen. 💯

Marky Mark
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5 months ago

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Beautiful, but a little too aggressive in photo-shopping her chest - her cleavage is almost at her throat.

Aria Whitaker
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5 months ago

That is a push-up bra plus a corset...not photoshop.

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Lekha Kosuri
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5 months ago (edited)

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Not to be judgy or anything but are her boobs edited? It looks like somethings wrong idk. She looks stunning tho.

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#2

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Photographer: @topheroriel

Model: @micaburton


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Lydia Coy
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5 months ago

My favorite by far

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#3

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Photographer: @maria_lipina

Model: @normila17

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Hollysmom
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5 months ago

I'm running out of words meaning beautiful

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Bored Panda reached out to the woman behind this viral Twitter thread, who wished to stay anonymous, to talk more about the presence of black women in fantasy movies. The woman, who goes by the nickname Dee, told us that she has been a fan of fantasy for many years.

“While I adore the classics (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, etc.), the lack of faces that look like mine has always made me feel a little bit out of place,” Dee said. Some time ago, she discovered a pocket of Instagram that specialized in fantasy photography and found that there was a very small presence of black women.

#4

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

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giraffescupcakesandlove
Community Member
5 months ago

She is beautiful and the headpiece looks like something out of a fairytale!

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#5

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Photographer: @defotograafsanne

Model: @modelsensi

Make-up and costume: @candymakeupartist

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
5 months ago

The gold body paint against her skin tone is stunning!

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#6

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anniebertramphoto , Theresa Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

So beautiful

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Recently, Dee has been getting back into photography and noticed that many photographers had at least one photoshoot with a black woman. “All of them were beautiful and moving,” and Dee decided it was a collection that had to be shared with her followers.

Dee believes that the reason why there are so little black women in the fantasy genre comes down to “people believing that black women simply aren't interested.” For example, “If you check the pages of the models who were included in the thread, some of them do not usually do this genre.”

#7

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

thewitchinghourphotography , tee.pimentel Report

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
5 months ago

Really beautiful- I love how the roses and ivy are entwining her. It makes me think of the Briar Rose fairy tale.

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#8

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anniebertramphoto , Theresa Report

Jayne Kyra
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5 months ago

I feel like she would give me a quest and as a prize I would be able to summon a wild animal to aid me in battle.

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#9

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Photographer: @simplysavannahart

Model: @shiennegh

Designer: @itisknown

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Doria
Community Member
5 months ago

she is like an amazon-elf; I love it!

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But as far as photography in general, Dee is convinced it is “an issue for the media industry as a whole.” Even though it has been improving over the years as more and more women of color have been making waves in the modeling industry, there’s still a long way to go.

It doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be done about it. “Simply expand your portfolio beyond the usual casting, and photograph black women as well,” Dee suggests.

#10

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

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Isabella R.W.
Community Member
5 months ago

wow, the outfit kinda reminds me of beauty and the beast for some reason.

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#11

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anniebertramphoto , Theresa Report

Isabella R.W.
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5 months ago

She looks amazing

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#12

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Photographer: @maria_lipina

Model: @normila17

Dress: @narnia_dress

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SoozeeQ
Community Member
5 months ago

Ice Queen Terraria

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She also said a photographer has to learn how to photograph dark skin. “Please. Even in high fashion photography, mistakes are being made because people do not bother to adapt to our skin.”

Every photographer in Dee’s thread showed that it can be done, so she urges photographers to do their research and simply make the effort. “I have to emphasize that it really isn’t a big step.”

After all, all artists should be open to learning new ways to improve and expand their range.

#13

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

anniebertramphoto , Theresa Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

This is one of my favorites. So strong and beautiful

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#14

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

Photographer: @danielamajic_

Model: @hillarywebster 

Make-up and hair: @kireimakeup 

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Aimee P.
Community Member
5 months ago

Ophelia.

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#15

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Photographer: @AndrewMBlake

Model: @mrsallmight

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Pillowhead
Community Member
5 months ago

Dr. Facilier!

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#16

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Photographer: @bekkabjorke

Model: @pariscamillec

Costume: @minnieopal

Make-up: @taelorfx

Hair: @adrian_leah

bekkabjorke , Paris Collins Report

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
5 months ago

This woman probably can wear a sack and still be STUNNING.

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#17

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thewitchinghourphotography , tee.pimentel Report

Lydia Coy
Community Member
5 months ago

YAS QUEEN

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#18

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Photographer: @maria_lipina

Model: @normila17

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Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

Hauntingly beautiful

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#19

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Photographer: @simplysavannahart

Model: @tiaragasper

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Maria Ribaulo
Community Member
5 months ago

WOW! Stunning.

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#20

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

Photographer: @bellakotak

Model: @olubukola_ogunniyi

Make-up: @beautybybellamere 

Headpiece: @agnieszkaosipa

bellakotak , Ogunniyii Olubukola Adebola Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

So regal

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#21

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

Photographer: @maria_lipina

Model: @normila17

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Tee
Community Member
5 months ago

Mesmerizing😍

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#22

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thewitchinghourphotography , tee.pimente Report

LRevello
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5 months ago

close that box! 2020 is bad enough already LOL

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#23

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Phptpgrapher: @newo_imagery

Model: @sherellie_ko

Plait headpiece: @elegant_curiosities

Gold duo halo: @hysteriamachine

Make-up: @ambellinauk

Background: @creativitybackgrounds

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
5 months ago

The lighting makes this one! So ethereal!

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#24

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Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

Beautiful and creative

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#25

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Olivia Miller (Livie)
Community Member
5 months ago

queen of the stars

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#26

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newo_imagery , Sherelle Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
5 months ago

Love this!!!

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#27

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

Photographer: @AndrewMBlake

Model: @mrsallmight

AndrewMBlake , mrsallmight Report

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
5 months ago

Giving "Midsommar" vibes....

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#28

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Photographer: @bekkabjorke

Model: @ambernicotra 

Make-up: @faces_bysiamia

Hair: @adrian_leah 

Wardrobe: @minnieopal

Backdrop:@thebackdropstudio

bekkabjorke , Amber Report

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
5 months ago

Goddess.

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#29

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Photographer: @maria_lipina

Model: @normila17

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SoozeeQ
Community Member
5 months ago

Gorgeous photo. She's so pretty, and that gown...!

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#30

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SoozeeQ
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5 months ago

This is my favourite. She is gorgeous!!!

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