There's no denying that Afro-Latinx aren't often represented in media. One innovative photo project is aiming to change that.

Afros in San Juan, a photo project begun by Valerie Moreno, is shedding light on Puerto Ricans "of every color imaginable."


Through stunning photos, Moreno offers a new perspective on San Juan's diverse population.


The Puerto Rican-native has been documenting Afro-Caribbeans since August.


The photographer began the project to showcase her love for her curls, but also to highlight the beauty of people in San Juan.

"If you walk the streets of Puerto Rico, you will see 'Boricuas' of every color imaginable," Moreno told #IAmEnough. "It's beautiful to see and I'm doing my part to showcase that."


There is an abundance of potential models to photograph.

"I live here so it's definitely easier to find real people to be my models but also because there are so many beautiful Afro-Latinas that need to be photographed," she said. 


Moreno acknowledges that there Puerto Rico's black community isn't often represented.


"Puerto Rico would not be what it is without the rich history and culture that came from Africa and it's in every Puerto Rican's DNA."


Despite the growing movement of Afro-Latinas wearing their hair naturally, there's still underrepresentation happening outside of photography.


Moreno believes there are ways to raise awareness about the Afro-Latinx community.

"Art is definitely making a way, but I would also say conversation, education, reading and definitely traveling," she said. 


Through her photography, Moreno encourages inclusion of all Afro-Caribbeans.

"I tried to photograph as many different skin shades and body types as I can so that everyone can relate," she said. 


"I try to be kind and stay open in order to learn about how my other brown sisters live their lives and how I can better portray their beauty."


"It’s not only about the photograph, it’s caring about their stories."


"Stories about overcoming pressures from society and even those closest to them, pushing them to straighten or relax their natural curls."


"Each photo is an expression of acceptance of who they are and victory over systematic attempts to make their ‘natural’ something that needs to be fixed.”


Afros in San Juan helps Moreno offer a platform to those who have been forgotten.


"I try to push myself and learn something new as I go."


In terms of advice for other photographers aiming to do similar projects she said, "Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can."