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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1 year ago

She looks like a Goddess.

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#2

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Photographer: @topheroriel
Model: @micaburton


topheroriel , Mica Burton Report

Lydia Coy
Community Member
1 year ago

My favorite by far

Marea Lewis
Community Member
1 year ago

Mine too!!

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SoozeeQ
Community Member
1 year ago

Queen of the Fairies!

Gregory King
Community Member
1 year ago

Mica Burton

Marky Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

As a Star trek nerd, my first thought was she was a Vulcan going to the prom.

Anthony Connor
Community Member
1 year ago

as a Star Trek nerd, you should also know this is Mica Burton, lol

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Hollysmom
Community Member
1 year ago

So pretty

b l a n c
Community Member
1 year ago

oh wow she's absolutely beautiful. her hair is so pretty, and her dress is incredible.

Linda HS
Community Member
1 year ago

Lovely

Rose
Community Member
1 year ago

:o So cool

Caroline
Community Member
1 year ago

So pretty!

Isabella R.W.
Community Member
1 year ago

wonderful, she looks like a fairy

Thomas Drury
Community Member
1 year ago

I love that she is holding a Critical Role book. Mica is a goddess.

Marvin HoG
Community Member
1 year ago

😍

Mary Bank
Community Member
1 year ago

OHHHHH I would like to have this dress please. *insert heart eyes here*

Malou Hedlund
Community Member
1 year ago

I would love to get the headband

Gregory King
Community Member
1 year ago

Mica Burton is awesome

Tracey Fleming
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful Drow princess.

Teresa Dillie
Community Member
1 year ago

This one just imparts such sweetness

Me
Community Member
1 year ago

My spirit person

Julian Restrepo
Community Member
1 year ago

really beautiful, fairy-like

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Ooh pretty.

Christian O'Brien
Community Member
1 month ago

Mica never disapoints.

Linda Dust
Community Member
1 month ago

Lovely!

Kathleen Siddall
Community Member
11 months ago

My #1.

Kathleen Siddall
Community Member
11 months ago

so beautiful.

judit vagnoni
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful!!

Carol Roeder
Community Member
1 year ago

Breathtaking!

Spellbounded
Community Member
1 year ago

That outfit is so pretty all the details paid off.

Annie
Community Member
1 year ago

She stepped right out of a fairy tale! Beautiful!

Maria Roberts
Community Member
1 year ago

love her dress!

Kimlan Lau
Community Member
1 year ago

I love it!

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#3

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

Photographer: @maria_lipina
Model: @normila17

maria_lipina , normila Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 year 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

agnieszka_lorek , Theresa Report

giraffescupcakesandlove
Community Member
1 year 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

defotograafsanne , Sensemielja Sumter Report

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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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1 year 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
1 year 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

josefienhoekstra , Leila Onome Aigbedion Report

Isabella R.W.
Community Member
1 year 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.
Community Member
1 year ago

She looks amazing

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#12

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Photographer: @maria_lipina
Model: @normila17
Dress: @narnia_dress

maria_lipina , normila Report

SoozeeQ
Community Member
1 year 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

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anniebertramphoto , Theresa Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 year ago

This is one of my favorites. So strong and beautiful

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#14

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Photographer: @danielamajic_
Model: @hillarywebster 
Make-up and hair: @kireimakeup 

danielamajic_ , Hillary Webster Report

b l a n c
Community Member
1 year ago

this one is so magical, she looks just a fairy princess. very elegant and majestic

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#15

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Photographer: @AndrewMBlake
Model: @mrsallmight

AndrewMBlake , mrsallmight Report

Pillowhead
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

YAS QUEEN

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#18

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Photographer: @maria_lipina
Model: @normila17

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Hollysmom
Community Member
1 year ago

Hauntingly beautiful

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#19

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Photographer: @simplysavannahart
Model: @tiaragasper

simplysavannahart , tiaragasper Report

Maria Ribaulo
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW! Stunning.

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#20

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Photographer: @bellakotak
Model: @olubukola_ogunniyi
Make-up: @beautybybellamere 
Headpiece: @agnieszkaosipa

bellakotak , Ogunniyii Olubukola Adebola Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 year ago

So regal

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#21

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Photographer: @maria_lipina
Model: @normila17

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Tee
Community Member
1 year ago

Mesmerizing😍

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#22

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thewitchinghourphotography , tee.pimente Report

LRevello
Community Member
1 year 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

newo_imagery , Sherelle Report

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
1 year ago

The lighting makes this one! So ethereal!

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#24

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thewitchinghourphotography , rosa Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful and creative

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#25

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newo_imagery , Sherelle Report

Olivia Miller (Livie)
Community Member
1 year ago

queen of the stars

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#26

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newo_imagery , Sherelle Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 year ago

Love this!!!

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#27

Black-Women-Fantasy-Photos

Photographer: @AndrewMBlake
Model: @mrsallmight

AndrewMBlake , mrsallmight Report

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year ago

Goddess.

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#29

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Photographer: @maria_lipina
Model: @normila17

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SoozeeQ
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#30

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SoozeeQ
Community Member
1 year ago

This is my favourite. She is gorgeous!!!

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