Darian Symoné of Los Angeles broke traditional beauty standards by urging black women to post photos of themselves in front of the Mona Lisa on social media. She shared a photo from her vacation to Paris on Instagram.
The photo shows the journalist and podcaster standing in front of Leonardo de Vinci’s famous painting in the Louvre, all while flashing a half-smile of her own. While Darian appeared to be replicating the iconic expression of the Mona Lisa, people who responded to her tweet and there were a lot of them gave a variety of smiles and glances. Hundreds of ladies shared images from their journeys to Paris, where they managed to go to the Louvre’s Mona Lisa’s room and shoot a snap despite the masses.
Darian Symoné Harvin is a young girl who went viral after tweeting a photo of herself in front of the Mona Lisa and encouraging other Black women to do the same.
Darian Symoné Harvin tweeted a photo of herself in front of the Mona Lisa nearly three years ago. This tweet is now being auctioned off for thousands of dollars. As NFT, it sparked an online movement.
It is being offered as a “non-fungible token” (NFT), which allows you to own the original digital image. Whereas Bitcoin was acclaimed as the digital equivalent of currency, NFTs are praised as gems’ digital equivalent. Still, many critics believe they are a balloon ready to pop.
On February 13th, 2019, Darian Symoné Harvin shared a selfie of herself in front of the Mona Lisa and invited other Black women to join her. It took to the skies. The post, which has received over 50,000 likes, received attention on Buzz Feed and Beyond. She put an NFT behind this tweet on Tuesday, November 2nd, and set up a 48-hour auction. She believes it has the potential to help ordinary people understand what NFT is truly about: the ability to say that you own something that is not only valuable to you but that we all see and understand the value of collectively. Black women are still uploading photos to this thread to this day. It’s full of stories. She is proud of her small thread, which grew into a mini-movement about the importance of feeling seen and heard.
Darian Symoné Harvin told “Embedded” that she has never been paid accordingly for her contributions to the online culture and that NFTs represents an opportunity for her to empower herself. Based on her experiences and contributions, she wants to create more of the content she wants to see in the world. And she wants to be compensated for it. She is deserving of the opportunity, especially since these roles have allowed her to identify what readers and followers want to read and listen to.
Portraits and other conventional works of art are valuable because they are unique. Archives, on the other hand, can be copied easily and eternally. Artwork can be “tokenized” with NFTs to generate a digital certificate of ownership that can be purchased and sold. A record of who owns what, similar to crypto-currency, is kept on a smart contract known as the blockchain. Because thousands of computers maintain the record worldwide, the records cannot be altered.
NFTs can also include smart contracts that, for example, offer the artist a percentage of any future token sales. Previously, the value of tweets, Facebook posts, TikTok videos, Instagram pictures, and other social-media ephemera was represented by likes, comments, and shares rather than a price tag. However, there is a new way to assess their worth, the millions of dollars they bring at auction.
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