Exhibition celebrates black beauty queens

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Exhibition celebrates black beauty queens

A collection of pictures documentng black beauty pageants in London during the 60s and 70s has gone on display.

'Miss Black and Beautiful' celebrates the work of late photographer Raphael Albert. 

The exhibition includes more than 60 prints taken during Albert's time helping aspiring models to build their portfolios and organising beauty contests for the Afro-Caribbean community.

Curator Renee Mussai said: "These images show a very different side of beauty pageants – it was a space where black women could celebrate and assert their beauty outside of a mainstream arena, where they were often negated."

The exhibition runs until September 24 at Rivington Place in Shoreditch.

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