Inspired by a photograph by J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere called Onile Gogoro Or Akaba, My Beauty is Tall depicts an African woman with an elaborate hairstyle that towers over her head. I recall my mom doing a similar hairstyle for me when we had recently migrated to the United States and how mercilessly I was teased about my hair at school by my classmates. I went home and asked my mom to take it down and help me do a more Western hairstyle because I no longer wanted to be teased. I wanted to fit in, and I was slowly realizing that to accomplish that goal, I needed to shy away from all things African. I created My Beauty is Tall in an attempt to reclaim the heritage that I had abandoned as a child. I wanted to show beauty through the African point of view and hopefully empower those who need to find the beauty within themselves in a world where they don’t get themselves represented.