We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Brown Girl Hands advocates for diverse imagery in product photography. While a very niche sector, we see product photography every day, in all our advertisements and especially in the beauty industry. Having diverse hands is just as important as having diverse models. A social media editor once said she didn’t post Black hands because they didn’t get enough engagement or for some they weren’t ‘aesthetic’ enough. Simply put, Brown Girl Hands proves that brown hands can be beautiful and that people want to see them represented. I believe that if we all tackle one issue close to our hearts, no matter how big or small, that together we will see the world change.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m currently a student at the Savannah College of Art Design studying the Business of Beauty and Fragrance. I’ve interned at creative agencies, influencer agencies, and beauty brands, before starting Brown Girl Hands. Going to a private school is definitely not easy, but I worked hard in high school to get a scholarship. Interning is also very difficult for most students since so many are unpaid. I was lucky enough that my Grandmother lived in NYC and could house me during the summer free of cost. What I’ve learned is that nothing beats hard work. I wake up before everyone else to get a head start on the day. I’ve learned to say no to opportunities that I’m not aligned with or those I don’t have time for. I never want to do anything half well. I want to have the time and attention it takes to make something great. As for starting a business in college, it’s a balancing act but worth it. It’s never too early to take a leap. It may work out, it may not, but you won’t know unless you try.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Anyone that comes to Savannah has to eat at two places: Little Duck Diner and Maple Street Biscuit Company. This is the South and it’s a waste of a trip to come without indulging in good fried chicken and a warm bowl of mac n’ cheese. I would recommend a stroll down the Plantriverside District along the river and absorbing the live music on a Saturday, a picnic in Forsyth Park (our version of Central Park), and rooftop yoga at the Perry Lane Hotel.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The initial spark for what would become Brown Girl Hands was inspired by a Jessica Defino article entitled “Where are all the Brown Hands”. That was the inspiration behind the name and the reporting that really shed light on this issue, so she deserves a shoutout!