Artist Maps all Human Skin Color

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Particularly in the world of beauty, there is a wild myth that only three skin tones exist: fair, medium, and deep.

Thankfully, one woman is responding with the beautiful, near-fathomless truth of the human color spectrum, one photo at a time.

Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass is capturing every skin tone in the world with a project that uses Pantone.

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photo: Angelica Dass

Yeah, Pantone, that color selection system that publishers and designers use. You probably know it for its highly coveted color of the year.

After Dass takes a portrait of a volunteer model, she matches the background with the exact same color code as an 11-pixel portion of the model’s face.

pantone skin tones

photo: Angelica Dass

The exercise aims to expand the definition of diversity and show how much skin tone really differs from person to person.

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photo: Angelica Dass

Dass uses the codified Pantone system because it “dilutes the false preeminence of some races over others based on skin color or social condition.”

pantone skin tones
photo: Angelica Dass

Basically, there are no racial biases in a coded jumble of letters and numbers.

pantone skin tones
photo: Angelica Dass

The project, titled Humanae, was started in early 2016.

pantone skin tones

photo: Angelica Dass

She’s already taken over 200 portraits in 19 different international cities.

pantone skin tones
photo: Angelica Dass

Dass simply calls the project a “work in progress” and isn’t setting any goals or end dates for it.

pantone skin tones

photo: Angelica Dass

She’s just going to keep at it until she feels it has served its purpose.

pantone skin tones

photo: Angelica Dass

But as Dass would probably tell you herself, the universe’s expanse of skin tones is positively limitless.

pantone skin tones

photo: Angelica Dass

So really, Humanae could live on… well, forever.

pantone skin tones

photo: Angelica Dass

And we really hope it does.

pantone skin tones

photo: Angelica Dass

Because every skin tone is beautiful.

pantone skin tones

photo: Angelica Dass

And they all deserve to be seen.

pantone skin tones

photo: Angelica Dass

Keep doing you, Angelica Dass.

pantone skin tones

photo: Angelica Dass

Because the world needs you.

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