‘Cover Girls’ by Illustrator & Animator Khanyisa Klaas

With her latest project titled ‘Cover Girls’, illustrator, animator and graphic designer, Khanyisa Klaas aims to challenge societal norms of beauty.

“I want to challenge society, I want to show them that beauty can be anything. I want society to acknowledge all types of beauty. She may have one eye, but she is still a cover girl and she is bold about it – THAT is what makes her beautiful. I came up with the name ‘Cover Girls’ to show a different type of beauty that not so many of us are used to.”

‘Cover Girls’ represents the beauty that is often not publicly celebrated. The illustrations represent truth, diversity, boldness and the ways we can educate ourselves and those around us to love and accept our uniqueness.

While speaking about the inspiration behind the project, the Cape Town-based creative shared: “I am a huge fan of Vogue Magazine. I came across one of their 1920 issue that had a beautiful illustration of a group of women, but the only thing that stood out for me was that they were a particular colour. I wanted to step away from personifying a woman’s skin colour, I wanted to depict a modern version that celebrates women who are beautiful and unapologetic for their boldness and unique beauty.”

See more of her work here.

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