Ghanaian Artist Afro Child on the Beauty of Feeling Comfortable In Her Skin

From her signature Afro to her elegant sense of style, artist-content creator Chelsea Boatey, also known as Afro Child, is the definition of effortlessly cool. When she isn’t painting vibrantly colored works that pay homage to her Ghanaian roots, she works as a content creator and social media consultant for brands like Estée Lauder, Hyundai and more. “I’ve been drawing and being creative since I was a kid,” she says, noting that this is what has carried through all of the major transitions in her life. In 2012, she moved from Ghana and came stateside to attend Minnesota State University. Throughout her studies (she majored in international business and minored in contemporary art and photography, before attending NYU grad school), Afro Child continued to nurture her passion for painting. And it paid off: In 2021, it led her to the AfroChild Solo Showcase at the NYC flagship store of the Brazilian Brand PatBo, curated by rising Brooklyn-based curator Usen Esiet. Today, the Brooklyn-based artist is able to continue being creative as she lives five minutes from her studio. “No matter what I have going on, art and photography will always give me a major sense of release,'' she says. “It will always be a part of me.” 

Below, Afro Child elaborates on her journey to confidence and the self-care practices and beauty products that help her feel balanced.




“No matter what I have going on, art and photography will always give me a major sense of release. It will always be a part of me.”

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“The darker I get, the more beautiful I think that I am. Being from Ghana has truly made me more confident in my skin.”

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“I feel most beautiful when I feel good on the inside.”

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GET CREATIVE WITH CHELSEA BOATEY

When Chelsea Boatey isn’t busy creating content for major brands, she’s paying homage to her Ghanaian roots with a paintbrush and canvas, and layers of vibrant colors. To stay balanced, she enjoys daily walks outside, face masks and an upbeat, Afrobeats-infused playlist to guide her through it all. Read her full interview on roseinc.com

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