The Queer Black Italian Experience

Nnamdi Nwagwu 17, Dancer-Model, Parma
Nnamdi Nwagwu 17, Dancer-Model, Parma
Nnamdi Nwagwu 17, Dancer-Model, Parma
Nnamdi Nwagwu 17, Dancer-Model, Parma
Nnamdi Nwagwu 17, Dancer-Model, Parma

Nnamdi Nwagwu

17, Dancer-Model, Parma

He/Him

« I am a 17  year old Afro-Italian boy who defines himself as a sunny, sincere and very empathetic person. I consider being black and queer in Italy as a challenge. You realize that you are often judged on several fronts for your identity and at the same time you can’t ignore how both communities have been scapegoated on so many occasions . In Italy, there still exists a great number of stereotypes and prejudices, which is in fact the reason why we are never fully accurately represented as a subgroup. I must say that because of this, it’s truly a long and hard journey, especially on a mental level, but I’m personally at a point where I am more comfortable with myself and my essence in all its forms. 

Very often it’s said that those who have suffered in life tend to give more love to their neighbours to make up for what they did not receive. In this case, I am a part of these two communities that suffer on a daily basis from a Eurocentric heteronormative environment but that are nonetheless so full of love —  which I experience through family and the soul of Nigerian gatherings to the freedom of expression of the queer community — and I could not be prouder to be a part of this. » - @nnamdi.nwagwu

 

Creative Direction by Jordan Anderson
Photography by Silvia Rosi 
Photo Assistant Gabriele Cialdella
Styling by Thais Montessori Brandao
Hair by Latoya Amsdorf
Makeup by Manuel Montanari 
Set Design by Davide Ladini
Movement Direction by Macia Del Prete
Production by nss factory 

 

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