Just a few weeks ago Marvel announced the very first major black female superhero: Riri Williams taking over for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) in Iron Man. This got me so excited as I always felt black women were not really represented at all in their movies and among superheroes in general.
When the first picture on the cover of “Invincible Iron Man” was shown in a funny way I saw myself in it. This sparked the idea to shoot my own version. I teamed up with photographer Raffael Dickreuter to shoot and create these images.
It has been clear that not only women but black women in particular have been underrepresented in movies. With maybe the exception of Halle Berry playing Catwoman there are no badass women showcasing what we can do and also serve as an inspiration to the next generation of young girls.
Tony Stark is one of the coolest characters on the big screen today. He has a lavish lifestyle, uses the most cutting edge tools to build the amazing Iron Man suits and gets to fly around the world. What is not to like. I saulte Marvel for being bold enough to trust a young black girl to come in as his successor. I can’t wait to see what all the character can do.
Do you believe I could be this character? Building the suit in my basement, put the actual suit on and maybe star in the next Iron Man 4?
As they say anything is possible as long as you dare to dream it.
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