Costume & Cosplay - Representation Matters

Self Care Stock Photo: Afternoon Tea and Sweets

A plus size black woman's hand reaches for a teacup on a small black table. She's wearing a pastel, fuzzy blue sweater, a candy-colored bracelet, and blue, green and pink nail polish with a bit of nail art.

On the table in front of her are a white ceramic teapot decorated with a raised rose flower design, and a white antique glass dish full of fresh red strawberries. Four pastel treats rest in a clear glass party dish with scalloped edges on a black wooden table. One is shaped like an adorable unicorn, with a gold horn, hand-drawn eyes and a cheerful smattering of sprinkles.

This photo is part of a set of images that show that sometimes self-care means treating ourselves -- not only to a sweet dessert, but to what our inner selves desire. And sometimes, for some people, that means a day of bubble-gum colors, pretty dresses, dress up and make believe.

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