Black Hair•story: Hollywood

For many years beautiful brown and black girls refused to embrace their hair because "society" deemed it unflattering and unprofessional. People even thought our hair was ugly! Can you believe that? Therefore, we internalized those words and hid our hair from the world and ourselves. Not only does representation matter, but experiencing positive words regarding people who look like you can bring a whole new outlook on how a girl will view herself.

In the spirit of Black Hair•story month Napturally Me will have a short series of post featuring girls of color in different industries who are showing representation for our hair. They are speaking up about what is like to be girls of color in the world. In this modern age an incredible movement is happening to stand as girls of color to embrace every aspect of our skin, hair, and features. Below we have highlighted a few ladies who are making strides in Hollywood. Along with each girl is a meaningful quote that spoke to our hearts as black girls. Television and music are two of the first places we seek to find a relatable example of ourselves. Whether it is through the soulful lyrics of a song or seeing bantu knots worn so eloquently by a complex black female character.

We chose modern girls who are inspiring this generation. There are so many more incredibly talented, creative, and intelligent young ladies doing great things. For fun we challenge you to seek out more people, and even inform us about some ladies we may not know.

"I like my hair kinks, coils, naps and all."

"Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn't have to become perfect because I've learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness"

"Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a Black girl. It's more than, "I stand for this because I should." I stand for this because this is part of who I am as a human being."

“The advantages of black hair are infinite.”

“I’m a black girl and I’m hella proud. And whether you are black, white, brown, yellow, red, green, or purple you should be proud too because you’re BEAUTIFUL."

"My blackness does not inhibit me from being beautiful and intelligent. In fact, it is the reason I am beautiful and intelligent. And you cannot stop me"

"There’s a secret language shared among black girls who are destined to climb mountains and cross rivers in a world that tells us to belong to the valleys that surround us."

"We love our hair. We love that we can stand out"

“My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough. To me, locs are a symbol of strength and beauty--almost like a lion's mane."

So much more too come for Napturally • Me! This is only the beginning..

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