When Modern Fertility connected with me for their 2021 Black History Month campaign, they were looking to amplify Black-identifying artists who could interpret women's reproductive health through our unique lens. I felt aligned with the project immediately, especially as the brand has a clear, authentic history of representing diverse perspectives in empowering women to take charge of their health.
The field of gynecology has a violent history for Black women in America; our resulting distrust and trauma manifests as detachment from our wombs and lacking awareness of our reproductive health. The alarming prevalence of PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, and other reproductive health issues for Black women in this country highlights this reality.
The illustration I created for Modern Fertility encourages Black women to begin the process of reclaiming and reconnecting with our wombs. How many of us have never examined our own vagina? How many of us have unlearned degrading stereotypes and misinformation about our bodies? When is the last time we truly explored our brilliant anatomy with our own hands and eyes?
I immediately gasped when I opened my email to review Jessica's piece. With very little creative direction, she nailed our goal to showcase taboo-busting art on our feed. Her artist statement was on point, and I was so impressed with her communication and quality of work. We had strong performance on the post on social media as well and will continue to share Jessica's story and art.