With their matching outfits, sky-high stilettos, and dazzling motorbikes that emit puffs of pink smoke, Caramel Curves is a photographer’s dream. Founded in 2005, the all-female motorcycle club meets every Sunday to cruise through the streets of New Orleans and share in the sisterhood of partaking in what is often a male-dominated arena.
Photographer Akasha Rabut spent three years riding with them and documenting these divas in action.
Photographer Akasha Rabut was out and about on Super Sunday in New Orleans when she came across two women sitting on motorcycles.
“They mentioned that they were in an all-female motorcycle club called ‘Caramel Curves,’ and my interest was totally piqued,” she said.
They invited her to their meeting at a nail salon owned by one of the members, where she decided to document the group through a photo series.
“They’re all really strong women, so talking to them really drew me in and made me want to know more about their lives,” she said.
“The motorcycle and MC [motorcycle club] world is very male-dominated, so to be African American and be a woman involved in this predominantly male world were also really fascinating.”
Rabut felt it was important to photograph Caramel Curves from an anthropological standpoint.
“I wanted to have this archive of photos about the Caramel Curves,” she said.
“I wanted to document and archive this cultural phenomenon that’s happening in New Orleans.”
For Rabut, there was no shortage of stunning images to capture.
The women dye the rubber in their tires to burn out bright pink smoke.
They’re instantly recognizable in their matching outfits.
Not to mention their killer heels.
They’re local celebrities who use their fame for fundraising and community building projects.
And the contrast between their glamorous looks and gritty bikes sets them apart from other riders.
“Watching them dressed so feminine, and then being on these really masculine machines and being able to control them and do tricks on them, is visually stunning,” she said.
Rabut admired the group’s structure and coordination.
“Having 28 women who all have their own jobs and lives, and yet they somehow were able to meet every Sunday,” she said.
“When I think about my lady friends, I’m like, ‘Wow, it’s really hard to get five of us to meet up at a bar to get a drink.'”
While Rabut was intimidated by the bikes at first, she learned to enjoy the ride.
“At first I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so scary,’ and then after the first time I was actually asking them if I could get rides from them,” she said.
“I feel really special when I’m on the back of their bike.”
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