ISBN: 9781648960529

Publication date: 05 Apr 2022

Author: Laetitia Ky

Artist, activist, and influencer Laetitia Ky, known for sculpting her own hair to create powerful and joyful artwork that embraces the beauty of Black hair and style, the fight for social justice, and the journey toward self-love, tells her personal story that fans have been waiting for, through words and photos.

Laetitia Ky is a self-described polyvalent artist and a one-of-a-kind creative voice-an up-and-coming model, activist, fashion designer, and visual artist, as well as a hugely popular Instagram and TikTok influencer. Ky uses her own hair (with the help of some extensions, wool, wire, and thread) to make unique and compelling sculptures that celebrate her African heritage, the beauty of Black natural hair, and the power of activism.

Love and Justice is Ky's first book, showcasing 125 remarkable photographs interwoven with stories about her Ivory Coast childhood, her strong family ties, her embrace of her African roots, her own journey toward self-love, and her desire to lift up other women-especially Black women. As a passionate advocate for social justice, Ky shines a light on the pressing issues of our time: gender and racial oppression, harmful beauty standards, shame and its corrosive effect on mental health, and more. Part memoir,part art book, part feminist manifesto, Love and Justice is joyful and life-affirming: Ky's striking words and images honestly celebrate women's sexuality and the female body, and call for women's empowerment-extending a generous invitation for us all to love ourselves and to work toward a more just world.