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by Margot Pierce

Ghanaian visual artist Dennis Owusu-Ansah creates inventive depictions of celebrities reimagined in traditional attire of southern and western African cultural groups!

The artist’s Instagram page is full of colorfull illustrations of famous singers like you’ve never seen them before: from Beyoncé draped in traditional Maasai jewelry to Rihanna rocking an Isicholo (a South African Zulu hat) and Nicki Minaj wearing head-to-toe kente print, Owusu-Ansah’s creations aim to raise awareness of the different cultures across the African continent.

“After witnessing my friend getting teased by a group of men for wearing a kente cloth on our way to church, I figured something must be done to change the perspective of people who are not familiar with the African culture. “They had no idea what my friend was wearing. One of the guys shouted, ‘That man has a blanket wrapped around his body like it’s winter time,’” the artist told Okayafrica.“I’ve been getting positive comments from people all over the world,” he continued. “It’s good to hear people you’ve never met tell you that your art puts a smile on their faces. Comments like that motivate me to work harder every day.”

Beautiful!

via Okayafrica

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