By Setti Kidane

The 12 Months of Melanin calendar is a celebration of black women. It features black female artists living in Melbourne, New York, and Toronto. These artists are singers, actors, writers, and poets. The 12 Months of Melanin is a platform for black women to tell their stories and to be recognized for their work.

Since black women are largely represented as one-dimensional, we are taking it upon ourselves to create content that truly reflects the communities that we belong to. We value the entire spectrum of black women and will continue shooting portraits for the series to reflect our community. We are celebrating our many layers, experiences, passions, insecurities, and bodies. Black women do not need to be 'easy', respectable, or strong, to be loved and appreciated. We value because we exist. 

Visit our 2018 Models2017 Models2016 Models, pages to learn more about these women.