For Marianne Olaleye, an emerging artist, photography is first and foremost about storytelling, and an expression of human behaviour.
She describes her kind of photography as simple and candid – a means of portraying people who demonstrate beauty not only in their physical appearance, but also in the relationship they have with their environment.
A recurring theme in her photography is the candid nature of feminine beauty.

Simplicity is at the core of her work.

Being a Nigerian in diaspora, Marianne places significant emphasis on the beauty of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) individuals, particularly women, who are largely underrepresented in mainstream media.
Each person has a story to tell; therefore Marianne aims to give them the center stage, while showcasing the universality, and raw, natural beauty of Black and Minority Ethnic women.
She hopes that her images will play a role in improving media representations of beauty.


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