Black Female Celebrities Participating In The #ChallengeAccepted Thread On Instagram

by Duke Magazine

Just recently, a thread of black and white selfies has been flooding Instagram, which is geared at promoting female empowerment. Popular faces, like Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Ava DuVernay, Vanessa Bryant have put you stunning photos with the hashtag #ChallengeAccepted.

The movement is steadily gaining momentum with participants nominating others to follow the route after they’ve uploaded their black and white photos. Photographs are often posed and filtered with accompanying captions like “supporting women.”

For many, the rationale behind the idea of the “challenge accepted” campaign is to use photos to promote female empowerment, and nominating friends to take part in the movement. It has become an innovative way for women to support each other.

This #ChallengeAccepted trend, which is the latest of viral Instagram “challenges” originally started to raise awareness about cancer.

But today, the #challengeAccepted hashtag has metamorphosed in different communities into something different. People of every age, nationality, and situation are posting selfie photos on Instagram in black and white.

So far, more than four million photos have been uploaded with the #ChallengeAccepted hashtag while others appeared without it. “Based on the posts, we’re seeing that most of the participants are posting with notes relating to strength and support for their communities,” an Instagram spokeswoman said.

Image credit: Instagram

Although the portraits have spread widely, the participants say very little in their posts. It is as though the black and white selfie allows users to feel as if they’re taking a stand while saying little or nothing.

#ChallengeAccepted is basically women worldwide participating to show their appreciation for fellow women who have inspired them. Observing from many posts, participants take the opportunity to celebrate female friends who have stood by their side or been a support to them.

Despite the fun side of it, other women are against the craze. “Currently getting hate mail on Instagram from complete strangers because I said black and white selfies aren’t a cause,” tweeted the podcast host Ali Sefer. “Apparently I hate women and don’t love myself!!!!!! I’m minding my own business for the rest of my life!!!!!!”

According to Segel, if this movement featured trans women or differently-abled women, or showcased female businesses or accomplishments or women in history, it would make more sense. “But the idea of this as a challenge or cause is really lost on me.”

Although the origin is unclear, whether or not the #ChallengeAccepted makes sense to you, it does make sense to the over four million and counting women across the globe who are posting black and white photos of themselves.

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