Seven Minutes In Eden With Creative Director Tina Colleen | GO Magazine

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Pic by Amanda Clare

Whenever I first saw the photographs from dark Queer Goddess venture, I was therefore relocated. These spectacular shots reveal just how motivated all of our queer neighborhood is — plus it demonstrates just how essential QTPOC graphic representation is. Tina Colleen is the Creative Director behind the project, and she in addition was actually a model when it comes down to shoot. Colleen had a vision because of this shoot, which she talks of as part of the woman healing up process, and photographer Amanda Clare helped this lady reify it.

Analyze Colleen below inside our Seven Minutes in eden.

GO: that happen to be you and what sort of electricity do you realy like placing call at globally?

Tina Colleen:

I am Tina Colleen. I’m an author, poet, activist, and that I are employed in higher education. I am a black plus-size queer cis-female and also the Creative Director of the

Black Queer Goddess Project: The Plus-Size Femme


The energy I really like putting down into the world is fact and positivity. It’s so critical for individuals to walk-in their truth. We must perform the work internally to comprehend the facts. That’s what used to do using this photo show. Your panels was actually due to embarrassment that i’ve usually believed. The embarrassment of my plus-size human body, the embarrassment of nonetheless being solitary inside my thirties, the embarrassment of not feeling desirable or provided. I made the decision to use the negativity I happened to be experiencing and channel it into something good.

GO: what’s the driving force behind your own photography?


If only I became a photographer! I’m always the Director and/or Producer of my personal projects. With this picture series, we created the entire sight and introduced every person collectively. Amanda Clare (IG: @thedivulgeproject) had been the professional photographer and brought my personal idea alive.

The power behind my personal tasks could be the search to recovering me. We created this photo series to continue along the path to adoring me, as I are, in the present moment.

My then project will be the

”We Determine as Me Personally” Venture.

It is a documentary and photo collection celebrating queer-trans folks of tone (QTPOC) that determine as androgynous women, genderqueer and agender individuals. They are women/people I usually date. Their unique external and internal battles have actually influenced me to progress into who i’m these days. In addition, I’m extremely excited about advocating for those. The fluidity and layers of these women/people are so important and really should be admired. My passion and fascination with all of them in addition pushes myself with this specific brand-new venture.

Pic by Amanda Clare

GO: in which can you try for motivation if you are experiencing disheartened or depleted?


As I believe exhausted or discouraged I try to attend a hot yoga class, re-read guides in one of my favorite authors Pema Chödrön, and/or enjoy Netflix with one cup of drink.

Often merely performing nothing and spending time with myself personally really helps to re-charge my determination. Self-care is


vital that you me. I can not provide the globe with really love and kindness if I cannot initial provide it with to myself personally. I’m an extroverted-introvert; i am social, but I need alone time. I take to my toughest to pay time with myself personally one day each week to disconnect far from innovative work and my personal full-time work, in order to prevent experiencing this way.

GO: exactly why is it crucial that you have pictures in which Black queer folx can see themselves represented?


Representation is actually how individuals determine normalization. If we don’t see ourselves then we feel like one thing is likely to be incorrect around or we have been insignificant. Everyone should feel just like these are typically recognized. While I look at images of people during the LGBTQ+ we rarely see representation of myself. While I performed see representation, it was not always healthier; either we have been fetishized and/or portrayed as ”best pal.” Our company is rarely symbolized as attractive sufficient to be connection material.

Such as couples inside the photo show was actually intentional to show black colored plus-size queer ladies as desirable and sexy without promoting fetishism. Moreover,

eva lovia facebook Delva just who recognizes as androgynous and Tatiana Cruz which determines as no-label are slimmer than their particular lovers; that representation was also deliberate. I desired to test some people’s attitude, show them that plus-size QWOC are desired by thinner females which this particular pair appears gorgeous together!

I’ve had a lot of women of all of the races reach out to thank me personally for generating the picture show. One woman informed me after she noticed the image sets she purchased herself lingerie, took a selfie and uploaded it on Instagram. She said it was given the essential ”likes” she actually ever was given on her page. For this reason , representation is so essential, effective, and anxiously required. It permits individuals to are now living in their unique facts and to feel just like they belong.

Picture by Amanda Clare

GO: how much does femme suggest to you?


Once I think of the phrase ”femme,” it just means I present me in a societal feminine manner. I really do certainly not connect the term ”femme” to always becoming female and I also feel that is really what confuses folks.

Society desires put everyone else in a package with a label therefore we tend to be told we ought to maybe not deviate from that box/label. That is specially appropriate for QTPOC. We have been negatively influenced by Eurocentric notions because people of color usually are born outside these standards. Unfortuitously, occasionally, QTPOC have the involuntary desire to fulfill these expectations feeling an integral part of culture, but at the cost of who they are all together. This is why, gender/gender roles have become such a taboo conversation for QTPOC.

GO: who’re your queer role designs?


Monick Monell with

TUV Magazine

, Rejected community garments and various LGBTQ+ businesses. I admire Monick because she actually is a very kind and giving individual. She’s constantly researching to help QTPOC achieve their particular targets. In addition, Monick mainly deals with LGBTQ+ elderly. Older people are usually disregarded, knowing the good work Monick does each day, offers me personally plenty hope for humanity.

My personal second queer part product is
Shannon Matesky, the creator of Queer Abstract
. Shannon is really an energy of character! Shannon got it upon by herself to create representation and a platform for designers that are QTPOC. She makes sure it happens every third monday of the thirty days, in the event she actually is perhaps not in nyc. This program permits artists the chance to end up being just who they’re in a secure space, where they truly are liked and valued. Shannon always shares the lady struggles; that nerve in addition has inspired us to be much more proactive in generating work that celebrates QTPOC.

Both these powerful females got chances on myself once they realized absolutely nothing about me, and lent a helping hand without requesting any such thing reciprocally. Without their particular help, the photo show might not have occurred.

Picture by Amanda Clare

GO: Where can individuals get a hold of you?


Folks can achieve me on Instagram @tinac_productions, on Twitter ”Fat Black Queer Femme” or email myself at


Models | Partners

Tina Colleen (@tinac_productions) and Lovia Delva (@nomadkreyol1)

Tatiana Cruz (@_twinns_hotmami_) and Victoria Saint-Lôt (her_twinnytwinntwinn)

Romaine Kelly (@rkellz89) and Oskar Sinclair (@dammit_oskar)


Amanda Clare (@thedivulgeproject)


Iventt Gonzalez (@iventtglam)


Helene Marie (@helene.marie)


Cee Cee’s Closet (@ceeceesclosetnyc)


And And Ny (@andandnyc)