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Love and Justice

A Journey of Empowerment, Activism, and Embracing Black Beauty

Laetitia Ky

Hardcover

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Description

The personal story of artist, activist, and influencer Laetitia Ky, known for sculpting her own hair to create playful and powerful artwork that embraces the beauty of Black hair and style, the fight for social justice, and the journey toward self-love.

Laetitia Ky is a polyvalent artist, a one-of-a-kind creative voice, and a hugely popular Instagram and TikTok influencer with millions of followers. Ky uses her own hair (with the help of extensions, wool, wire, and thread) to craft and photograph unique and compelling sculptures. As a passionate advocate for social justice, Ky shines a light on the pressing issues of our time: sex-based and racial oppression, harmful beauty standards, shame and its corrosive effect on mental health, and more.

Equal parts memoir, art book, and feminist manifesto, Love and Justice showcases 135 remarkable photographs interwoven with stories about Ky's 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. 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.


Praise For Love and Justice: A Journey of Empowerment, Activism, and Embracing Black Beauty

“There is no subject that Laetitia Ky can’t address in her art with openness and insightfulness. What she creates with her hair and body brings beauty to the universal freights that plague women of color. I found it impossible not to fall for her striking beauty along with her gorgeous heart.”
— GABOUREY SIDIBE, actress and author of This is Just My Face,


“After following Laetitia Ky on Instagram for many years, it is thrilling to be able to see her photographs in print. It’s even more satisfying to learn about her point of view through the personal stories and political beliefs that inspire her at times playful and poignant images. Ky’s work is moving and bold.”
— EMILY RATAJKOWSKI, author of My Body,

Princeton Architectural Press, 9781648960529, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2022



About the Author

Laetitia Ky is an artist, photographer, model, actress, activist, fashion designer, and social media influencer. Ky was named one of PAPER magazine's top 100 people "taking over 2019." She grew up in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.