Grace Bukunmi is an art director, photographer, stylist and lifestyle/travel influencer that works around the world in locales such as Los Angeles, New York, Korea, South Africa, Germany, France and England, to name a few.
Originally a student of International Relations, Bukunmi honed her artistry during college where she was able to simultaneously explore fashion, photography, design and body politics while being imbued by foreign affairs. After many years of living in Chicago, Grace relocated to Los Angeles to volunteer as a City Year Community Corps Member before starting her first post-collegiate position as a Digital Content Director.
Following her brief stint in the corporate world, Bukunmi launched her freelance photography career with commissioned work in publications such as Elle and Highsnobiety while growing a styling portfolio including musicians Martin Garrix and Alicia Keys & brands such as Nike and Amex.
Most recently, her photoshoots, artwork, interviews and features can be found on the pages of publications such as Vogue, Popsugar, Complex, Galore, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, AfroPunk, and the NY Times or stowed within the visual archives at brands such as H&M, Target, Nike, VSCO, Reebok, Adidas, Everlane & more. She has also provided multi-platform social coverage for Goldenvoice and ESP camera at several major music and art festivals for both publishers and brands.
Bukunmi’s most recent work centers around the female gaze and identities of otherness. To achieve such means, she’s teamed up with organizations such as Unity in Color, Nasty Women Portraits, Soho Warehouse and International Women’s Day, and Magic in Her Melanin to share stories of inclusivity and solidarity that highlight these themes via poignant portrait series.
The thread that ties all of her work together is her fascination with finding beauty and light in every crevice of humanity and sharing that light for all the world to see.
Total social: 50K+
INFLUENCER CAMPAIGNS (2018 – 2020)
~ Nike + Nordstrom engaged Bukunmi as a stylist and talent for their latest ‘Air Max’ campaign, featuring key and diverse talent from various creative sectors and industries.
~ & Other Stories engaged Bukunmi for ‘Her Image, Her Story’ as part of ‘International Women’s Day (Month)’ 2020 to highlight Bukunmi’s approach to her creativity in front of, and behind the camera. Bukunmi was engaged in multiple capacities (on camera, as a social media influencer for social amplification, and as a creative and for global advertorial).
~ AirBNB engaged Bukunmi to join them in NYC for their ‘Cooking Experience’. Bukunmi was engaged to partake in the live event to capture and produce social content.
~ Footaction (Footlocker) X Day N Vegas (Goldenvoice) engaged Bukunmi as an influencer and photographer to produce live photography for their new festival, Day N Vegas, and seed social assets to promote Footlocker product(s), PUMA products, and her time/journey at the festival.
~ AMEX engaged Bukunmi as a model/influencer to promote one of their new products and cards. Together with hand selected friends, who were also a part of the campaign, they journeyed throughout areas of broader New York for various lifestyle shots. Bukunmi was also engaged to shoot their launch event; attend as an influencer and ambassador of the brand; and also to produce several social posts over a three month period.
~ Jägermeister engaged Bukunmi as a digital influencer and model for their new products; launching EOY, 2019.
~ Tiger Beer flew Bukunmi to South Korea to capture content; live, laugh, explore, eat and experience Seoul’s lifestyle, culture, etc, over a 10 day period (where she produced, captured and wrote content for them).
~ Red Stripe flies Bukunmi to Jamaica each year to attend their largest music festival (Sum Fest); as both an influencer and creative director (capturing content and posting stories, posts, etc).
~ Hypebeast had Bukunmi as one of the main influencers attending Kanye’s Church Service for 2019’s Coachella.
~ Finish Line engaged Bukunmi as a lead photographer + creative director, but also influencer for posting.
~ Dirty Lemon have engaged Bukunmi to represent the brand via Instagram stories and posts; having her in yellow infused outfits.
~ AT&T engaged Bukunmi to post images that represent her love, passion and stance on LA, referencing her post code and what that means to her.
~ ASICS engaged Bukunmi for a social campaign for one of their new (Gel) shoes; consisting of Instagram posts and stories.
~ Polaroid Summer Campaign engaged Bukunmi as an influencer to highlight their new polaroid for OneStep 2 ViewFinder i-Type Camera.
~ Magic and Her Melanin where Bukunmi Creative Directed and featured as an influencer to raise awareness and elevate visibility around 4C African American hair types (featured organically across Forbes, Refinery29, Paper Magazine, DAZED, Complex and dozens more).
~ Casamigos engaged Bukunmi for an Instagram campaign, showcasing their latest Tequila brand, Anejo.
~ Red Bull engaged Bukunmi to photograph and amplify their Peach & Pear new addition soft drinks via Instagram posts and stories.
~ Spotify engaged Bukunmi to market their brand new store in LA to drive conversation around the path and journey towards creativity.
~ United Nations engaged Bukunmi for their General Assembly United Nations work to contribute artwork and promote “Akoma” (their African initiative) via panel discussions and Instagram amplification.