Capturing the Creole Belles | Baby Dolls of New Orleans

A Photo Essay depicting the emergence of a cultural phenomenon in New Orleans. The New Baby Doll group, the creole belles nods at their identity bending tradition as they prepare for the big chief to appear on Mardi Gras Morning.  What does it truly mean to mask as a baby doll in new orleans? 

The Creole Belles on Fat Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The Creole Belles on Fat Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

“When I put on my Baby Doll dress that’s a day that I don’t have to have any titles or labels. I can be me without any apologies. The worries of the world, the labels, the stereotypes just fade away"...Alaina Harris, the chief baby doll of The Creole Belles mentions what masking means to her during the Mardi Gras season. Liberation, the feeling of diminished inhibitions, and clearing any personal pre-conceived notions. During this time, the baby doll women marvel at being themselves amongst their community of friends and family--the people that love and accept them. That acceptance is inherently fixed within the New Orleans foundation and culture.