A princess-for-hire gets the chance of a lifetime to be a real princess, but her ingrained colorism and insecurities hold her back from her crown.
Black Girls and Fairytales (BGFT) takes a what-if scenario to explore black beauty and the deep-rooted issue of colorism in the black community in the form of a fantasy film. Danesha, a dark-skinned princess-for-hire, is transported to a fantasy world ruled by her missing doppelganger.
Danesha is from our world, where the legacies of slavery exist, such as colorism, and she carries these ideologies with her. Would she accept that she’s beautiful without doubting herself and take up the role of a princess? Or would she corrupt this opportunity with what she thinks a “traditional princess” looks like?
But the real issue that BGFT seeks to answer is if the dark-skinned girl, Danesha, chooses to love herself or not.
The mission of Black Girls and Fairytales is to uplift black women and girls of all skin tones. As a community, we need to embrace our beauty inside and out. We typically only see lighter-skinned black girls in the media. This is a direct result of colorism. Our goal is to make the media more reflective of the fact that black beauty is a spectrum and not only one singular white-adjacent standard.
Kiara Barnes, Director and Co-Producer, for Black Girls and Fairytales.
Kiara studied at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Kiara graduated with a B.S. in Sports Management and a Minor in Business. After graduation, Kiara transitioned out of sports to pursue her lifelong passion for film. Currently, Kiara is working as a Director and Script Supervisor for independent productions in the Atlanta and LA areas.
Celeste Banks, Writer and Co-Producer, for Black Girls and Fairytales.
Celeste entered the Atlanta Film Industry as an Associate Producer (later Producer) on several indie projects after graduating from Agnes Scott College. She has also produced nine short films from her own collection of written work. Her screenplays have been placed in the Atlanta Film Festival, Women in Horror Film Festival, Get Connected 10K Production Grant Competition, Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, and the Film Impact Georgia Grant Competition.
Khaliah Daniels will play our Princess character, the main character in Black Girls and Fairytales.
Khaliah is an up and coming actress based in Atlanta. Her personal story with colorism and her massive talent landed her the role in our film. Along with her talent, Khaliah has 23.9K TikTok followers!
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Also, visit http://www.blackgirlsandfairytales.com to learn more about us and the project, Black Girls and Fairytales.