Over the years there has been much debate to squash the saying and believe that boys are not supposed to cry or show any emotion. This photo series is one such attempt.
“Boys Don’t Cry is an ode to men of colour who are subjected to societal pressures that hinder them from engaging with their emotional expressions,” says stylist Lindiwe Mayisela, who is behind the concept of the recently released visual series Boys Don’t Cry.
Photographed by Simphiwe “Simzphoto” Mkhwanazi, featuring Julian Tamuka and Chris Mafuka as models, the moving visual essay focuses on the clash of the male form and expression, according to the Joburg stylist and Wits University Bcom law graduate who pursued her love for fashion at Lisof.
“The series aims to highlight the vulnerability that men are shunned from tapping into because constructs have taught them to hide behind a facade of masculinity.”
“Men are raised in such a way that they need to constantly keep up with appearances of ‘masculinity’ and in turn puts them in the strange place of trying to fight off their deeper and truer selves.
I wanted to depict this struggle in the medium of styling by giving men a feminine, softer feel to illustrate the vulnerability that men also experience. Moreover, I wanted to demonstrate that it is okay too for men to show emotion by dismantling the notion that ‘boys don’t cry— Simphiwe “Simzphoto” Mkhwanazi, photographer