Les Anselmes explores the African ancestry in the Haitian culture, while honoring the members of my family. In this photo series, I am imagining what Haitian royalty would look like if the identity of the different African cultures (Nigerian, Dahomey, Ghanian, Kongo, Yoruba - to name a few) were not stripped away during enslavement and post-revolution of Haiti, and I am also honoring my family members by portraying them as Haitian royalty. After researching about Haiti and the different African countries where the slaves were taken from, I have created costumes and pieces for each family member in the project to reflect the different African countries and their cultures in the costumes. Each family member has a role in the Haitian kingdom that reflects their real-life personalities. With this project, I hope to educate people on the richness of Haiti’s history and culture - to show that Haiti is more than what media portrays of it. I also want people to see my family as I view them - full of greatness and grace. In a way - one can say that I am simultaneously paying homage to my family, Africa, and Haiti.