Black Is King made its debut last month and the whole world was set ablaze.
The musical (or visual album, to be precise) was a tribute to the African diaspora and Black beauty. The movie is filled with iconic moments and a lot of artists around the world felt absolutely inspired to make their own variations of the looks they saw on screen. So is the case of Gracie J, a New York nail artist who inspired a series of manicures on Black is King.
“As someone who strives to showcase Black culture in a positive light, it was cool to see someone doing exactly that on a bigger platform. It really sets the standards for others to do the same,” she said. “I've always said how important it is for us to be the narrators to our own stories because historically our beauty, our contributions to mainstream culture, and our presence wasn't narrated by us and we weren't being portrayed in the ways we know us to be.”
Here are some iconic Black Is King inspired manicures:
Over the soundtrack of Nile, Gracie J showcases a true work of art accentuated with gold nail accessories.
This look was inspired by Beyoncé’s body paint while singing “Find Your Way Back” and it is absolutely stunning.
To put it in her own words, “this is a mood 4 Eva.” Gracie J told Byrdie that she puts a lot of time, conceptualizing, and intention into her work. And it shows.
About this amazing nail art, Gracie J says “If I could recreate in nail art every single outfit Zerina slayed Beyoncé in, I would.” She added, “I legit built a mini projector from scratch to recreate her motorbike scene.” The true work of a genius.