You probably know the name Elizabeth Messina because of her numerous magazine covers, her book, editorial work or from her wedding photography that I’m fairly sure has the graced screens of every wedding blog. She’s a true talent and in addition to her gorgeous photography she is also the mother of three bi-racial children with her African-American husband.
Today Huffington Post published an open letter she wrote to the President. Whatever your political leanings may be, this is an article that should not be missed. Elizabeth talks about how when Obama ran, and eventually won, the presidential campaign he changed the life of her son. Even recapping her words here I’m almost in tears. I have two African-American sisters and I remember when Obama became President having very similar thoughts of my own. I will never know what it is to be a woman (or person) of color, nor will I ever truly know what it’s like to be African-American in a white family (and white town). Just as Elizabeth says, being able to look into a face you love so much and be able to say “you can be anything you want to be” and to really believe it is an incredible feeling that Obama made possible. Please read Elizabeth’s open letter to President Obama for yourself to further understand this perspective.
Photo by Elizabeth Messina.