To mark the film’s release in UK cinemas last week, kids’ casting agency Looks Like Me has recreated the movie posters with children, and the results are totally inspiring
Looks Like Me launched its passion project Hero In Us All with portraits of young children paying homage to the characters in Marvel’s new superhero film, Black Panther. Selma Nicholls, the agency’s founder, launched the aspirational project after being inspired by the film and the heritage and ancestral legacy of African people. The mini models not only pay tribute to the actors – including Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya and Chadwick Boseman – but it also raises the profile of underrepresented groups, showing kids of colour that they, too, can be superheroes.
“Someone had to do this project – present the connection between our children and these phenomenal characters – and I am proud to use my creativity, passion determination, platform and personal funds to represent the future generation of culture, pride and the hero in us all,” says Selma. “Let’s continue to be the change we want to see.”
Selma worked with a number of talented people, including London-based photographer Asiko; Basma Khalifa, a fashion stylist and brand consultant; and NyGlorious Face Arts, a face and body painting company based in the capital. The images have been praised on social media, and the photographs were exhibited at the British Film Institute and the Black Cultural Archive this month.
Find out more about the project and see more of the images here