Melanin on Melanin

Tenika, Naoumie and Jalicia. Photography by Iulia David

Melanin a broad term for a group of natural pigments found in most organisms. Melanin is produced by the oxidation of the amino acid tyrosine, followed by polymerization. The melanin pigments are produced in a specialized group of cells known as melanocytes.

There are three basic types of melanin: eumelanin, pheomelanin, and neuromelanin. The most common type is eumelanin, of which there are two types brown eumelanin and black eumelanin. Pheomelanin is a cysteine that contains red polymer of benzothiazine units largely responsible for red hair, among other pigmentation. Neuromelanin is found in the brain, though its function remains obscure.

In the human skin, melanogenesis is initiated by exposure to UV radiation, causing the skin to turn tan. Melanin is an effective absorbent of light; the pigment is able to dissipate over 99.9% of absorbed UV radiation. Because of this property, melanin is thought to protect skin cells from UVB radiation damage, reducing the risk of cancer, and it’s considered that exposure to UV radiation is associated with increased risk of malignant melanoma, a cancer of melanocytes (melanin cells). Studies have shown a lower incidence for skin cancer in individuals with more concentrated melanin, i.e. darker skin tone.

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#Repost @iamjalicia (@get_repost) ・・・ So I’ve been withholding the last set of images which was the actual concept behind this shoot “Melanin on Melanin” and I’m so happy that I finally get to share with you guys now that my article is out! Have a read and leave your thoughts in the comments..Link in bio???????? . . Thanks again to my amazing team for being this vision to life; Creative Director/model: moi @iamjalicia Models: @iamtenika @naoumie Photographer: @iulia_david_photography MUA: @gemmahowellmakeup Clothing: @nunude_official Jewellery: @moyobybibi Headwraps: @kiyanawraps #wcws #melaninonmelanin #blackbeauty #africanqueens #queendom #girlpower #blackmodelsmatter #enoughisenough #blackhistorymonth

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Time to shut Instagram down again hahaa ??? we are working on some new project/production. We can’t wait to share with you all! Head wraps/accessories MOYO BY BiBi . . Loved working on this beautiful project and team! . . #Repost @iamjalicia (@get_repost) ・・・ Caption this! Here’s the first official photo from this project “Melanin on Melanin” which also happens to be my absolute favs ❤️❤️❤️ The chemistry between us on set you would think that we knew each other for time..working with these two queens was so inspirational and I’m so happy to share this moment with you guys @iamtenika @naoumie ?? . . Creative Director: moi @iamjalicia Photographer: @iulia_david_photography MUA: @gemmahowellmakeup Headwraps/jewellery: @moyobybibi Swimwear: @nunude_official #womencrushwednesday #melaninonmelanin #blackgirlmagic #blackbeauty #africaninspired #queening #happyhumpday #moyobybibi #darkskinwomen #nunudeofficial #bodygoals #tomuchsauce

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