A series of predictions have been made about the changing racial makeup of America and National Geographic has decided to take a stab at depicting what the future American face will look like in its 125th anniversary October issue.

The magazine features the work of photographer and portrait artist Martin Schoeller who captured images of individuals alongside their racial self-identification information that they noted on the 2000 and 2010 census. The contrasts demonstrate how Americans are becoming less homogenous and extremely diverse, creating a complex melting pot of the country’s racial origins.

“The changing face of America” or Schoeller’s photoset, also seeks to challenge traditional ideologies of identity to reveal a fluidity in the evolving terms used to classify minorities. An excerpt from the magazine depicts this:

“On playgrounds and college campuses, you’ll find such homespun terms as Blackanese, Filatino, Chicanese, and Korgentinian. When Joshua Ahsoak, 34, attended college, his heritage of Inupiat (Eskimo) and midwestern Jewish earned him the moniker Juskimo, a term he still uses to describe himself (a practicing Jew who breaks kosher dietary laws not for bacon but for walrus and seal meat).” an excerpt form the magazine.

Several of the individuals who self identified as black in the photo project possess varying African-American features, representing the diversity that will continue to perpetuate itself in the black race.

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Sandra Williams, 46, Chicago, Illinois
Self-ID: biracial/“human being”
Census Boxes Checked: black

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Kelly Williams II, 17, Dallas, Texas
Self-ID: African American and German/multiracial
Census Boxes Checked: black

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Jordan Spencer, 18, Grand Prairie, Texas
Self-ID: black/biracial
Census box checked: black

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Celeste Seda, 26, Brooklyn, New York
Self-ID: Dominican and Korean
Census boxes checked: Asian/some other race

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  • Rochelle

    Anyone that says that mixed black are better looking…..they don’t need to look any further that these pictures to disprove that point. Especially the first lady. I think her white genes are taking over her aging (turkey neck, sagging). Not going to support this issue or anything that supports washing away dark skin blacks like myself. More with black unity, less with diluting the race.

    • Kessie

      Wow, you sound so bitter and angry. There is beauty in everyone and anyone. Don’t you think Halle Berry and Boris Kodjoe are good looking?

    • Kessie

      You conveniently disregarded that second picture of the GORGEOUS red-headed guy or the third picture of the absolutely stunning biracial woman. You sound bitter. There is beauty in all of us. The race was never “pure” in the first place. You think the tribes of Southern Africa are all homogenous? Think again.

    • Jade

      Most of the 20 people in total featured for the article don’t look attractive to me. Like at all. I don’t know where your accusations of “bitterness” come from either.

    • Rochelle

      Please shut up Kessie! You are the one sounding bitter because I stated my opinion. How are YOU going to tell me what to find attractive or appealing? You keep letting the media dictate what is beautiful…..I’ll stick to seeing the beauty in MY reflection. You know like most of all the other races do throughout the world.

    • For the love of god YES, please! Keep to yourselves.

  • Aanu

    The guy with the gorgeous red hair looks like an unmixed guy I saw in Nigeria. He even reminds me of an unmixed red-headed child whose mother had beautiful ebony skin with beautiful threaded hair in Nigeria. And the first lady has some features with a girl I befriended in Cameroon a few years ago. My point is the human race is diverse, most especially the black race. Just because these people look like this and are mixed does not mean that only mixed people can look like this. But then again, the world is older than we are, people have mixed and intermarried with each other for centuries.

  • potstirrer

    GEEZ! NO THANKS!
    I want to act play, and be a WHITE PERSON no mixed rqace $HIT!!

    • Lovely

      and you really think that you are pure with no other race in you? Think again I swear people can be ignorant at times back trace your ancestors. Look at history biblical or not which ever you believe both claim there was one race which branched off into many with evolution. Sorry to burst your bubble but you are not pure anything no one is. I understand you have the right to your own opinion but think before you talk. Humans are humans if you cut us all open we bleed the same color.