[currently watching] IloveJaNY



I ♥ JaNY is a portrait of Jany Tomba, who at an early age, in the 1960s, experienced what it is like to emigrate with her family from the dictatorship in Haiti to New York.

Sasha Huber (Jany Tomba’s neice) made the short film as she was curious to find out what expectations and dreams Jany had, and how the various incidents in her life led her into a career that she knew almost nothing about – that of a successful, ʻearly-generationʼ black fashion model, spending over 25 years with the Ford modeling agency.

The work became a way for Jany to get her voice heard by generations of young Black women. By her example she encouraged them to embrace themselves for what they are and, for instance, to wear their hair naturally curly. She was able to apply her positive energy and artistic creativity in fashion styles and designs that eventually evolved into visual art in New York.

She loves the city that has become her home, but that does not mean she has ever forgotten about her homeland, Haiti. It is Haitiʼs lush, but endangered nature that Jany has missed most during all the years she has lived in the concrete jungle of NYC.

– Sasha Huber