Émilie Régnier is a Canadian-Haitian photographer, who spent most of her childhood in Gabon.
Much of her work looks at the intersections between Western influence and African style.
In “From Mobutu to Beyoncé,” currently on view at the Bronx Documentary Center, Régnier features images of African fashion taken Senegal, South Africa, the United States, and France, among other nations. The exhibition’s title alludes to Mobutu Sese Seko, the late dictator of modern-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Seko was often photographed in a leopard print hat, a pattern which features prominently in Régnier’s photos.
Régnier also shares pictures of African women’s hairstyles, which she said are often influenced by western pop stars like Beyoncé and Rihanna.
“From Mobutu to Beyoncé” is on view at the Bronx Documentary Center from now until June 4th.