Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2023

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author's Department

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Illustration & Visual Culture

Degree Type



Abstract: The writing below is an experimental study on the idea of the “Carefree Black Girl,” a term coined in 2017 to define a way of life for Black women to emulate, focused on self-care and self-love. I write about its popularity and meaning, with parallels to my own life and mental health in order to define if this term is actually an attainable state of being or is more of an aspiration. I also paralleled the marriage of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, conducted an independent poll with a small circle of Black, female contacts to learn about their knowledge of and relation to the term, and interviewed New York Times writer Gina Chereleus, who has profiled several notable Black women and is also a Black woman herself, in order to understand more about this term’s confluence. Trigger warning: the writing contains vivid details of suicidal ideation and attempts.