Some folks are still having trouble wrapping their brains around the fact that different races have different types of hair and, therefore, a naturally different hairstyle. It’s deeper than hair choices–being forced to adhere to white beauty standards takes a psychological toll on black women. Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games star and Teen Vogue cover model) recently invited Julia Sarr-Jamois, Johnetta Elzie, TK Wonder, Cipriana Quann, and Camonghne Felix, Franchesca Ramsey to shed light on the ignorant remarks that are still made towards women of color.
Stenberg speaks on chemically altering her hair to avoid the taunting of her peers, only to realize later that she had no apologies to make for the natural beauty in her curly locks. From afros to dreadlocks to braids– these women proudly showed off their hairstyles while discussing the constant microaggressions they’ve received.
These ladies are human beings with their own unique stories and talents that transcend physical attributes. It’s the 21st century. It’s time to stop dwelling on the physical and to get to know what lies within.