Let's be honest: There is a very real hierarchy when it comes to natural hair. At the top are women with loose curly light-colored hair, and at the bottom are those with kinkier dark hair. I'm somewhere in the middle. The top Youtubers and Instagramers—those with the biggest followings, the most shares and reposts, and therefore the most sponsorship opportunities—generally have loose curly hair. I rarely see kinkier hair types represented, and when I do it's shoulder length or longer (like mine).
It is also true that in the 1800's, lighter-skinned, straight-haired slaves commanded higher prices at auction than darker, more kinky-haired slaves. And then, internalizing this color consciousness, black folks joined in, promoting the idea that women with dark skin and kinky hair are less attractive—and less worthy.
This is our history and we must acknowledge our place in it. I know my experience is a mix of privilege and oppression and overcoming—and all these things, alongside the choices I make, are to credit for where I am.
Don't get me wrong, none of this is meant to disparage anyone with loose curls or blonde hair, or discourage these people or anyone else from continuing their work—the natural hair life can be difficult for all sorts of people. I'm SO HERE for every successful natural hair blogger, artist, and entrepreneur, because their work celebrates natural hair, and helps me feel more free to be my best self.
That said, I believe we need to be more inclusive of kinkier hair types. We owe those crowned by these curls loud proclamations of their beauty, because the people who have been saying, "If you have kinky hair, you are less than," for over 400 years are just wrong.
🌟 To get you started, here are a 20 of my favorite naturals. 🌟
Words adapted from and inspired by @curliee_gurl 🙌🏿
Click the link in the @lovemanigold description to read more ❤️
This girl right here is my #motivationmonday 👙💙 the only one I want to be better is myself! She is the only one who I can control... it's not about winning or losing... it's about overcoming our own limits!! 🙌🏼💙💙💙
My blue @ingridromerobikinis 👙💙
--------- Coaches @ingridromero1 @joediscuillo @teamedge1 ❤❤❤ -----------
#athlete @edgesupps 💪🏽 @all_that_glitters_gems ------------ Esta garota aqui é minha #motivacao 👙💙 Ela é única que eu quero ser melhor... Ela é a única que posso controlar ... não se trata de vencer ou perder ... trata-se de superar nossos próprios limites! 🙌🏼💙💙💙
Meu #bikini bafooooo @ingridromerobikinis 👙💙
--------- Treinadores @ ingridromero1 @joediscuillo @ teamedge1 ❤❤❤ -----------
#atleta @edgesupps 💪🏽 @all_that_glitters_gems ---------------
We can achieve what we want. No one can stop us. Nothing is impossible. Unlock it with your determination, preparation, learning & hard work
📸 IFBB PRO @amberjcallahan_ rocking our new pink baseball T swipeeeeeee
To join Team EDGE
email us at email@example.com
Coaches @joediscuillo and @ingridromero1
WOW, I’m so excited! I’ve had so many people sign up already for my brand new ‼️Get the Edge 30 day Challenge! ‼️Join us on our journey to getting the leanest, strongest body of your life now
>>> http://bit.ly/ingrid_challenge #linkinbio
Tonight I am flying to Pittsburgh to support my amazing clients at nationals competition, they are competing for their PRO card, it's been a pretty intense month trying to keep up with shows, clients, emails and my boys but I see the light at the end of the tunnel....anyways stay tune for tons of pics/videos that will be posted thru the week in my @teamedge1 page!
🇪🇸Wow súper emocionada de la respuesta que he tenido hoy en el registro de mi reto, para más info el enlace está en mi bio. Si os queréis registrar todavía hay plazas!
Esta noche vuelo a los nacionales en Pittsburgh con mis clientas desearme suerte ya que compiten por su tarjeta de PRO!
Ha sido un mes bastante fuerte de campeonato en campeonato y tratando de llevar mis negocios, familia etc a la vez! Pero ya veo La Luz al final del camino!
Uma formanda linda dessas... 😍 @raphateixeira_ foi um prazer enorme te conhecer e te deixar ainda mais linda na semana da sua formatura! ❤ Atenção formandas: agenda de 2018 já está aberta!!! Agendamentos de maquiagem e informações sobre cursos pelo whatsapp: (32)98838-3800.
I love this "10 things about me trend" going on right now! I love learning new things about my IG fam bam 💕💕 I was tagged by my beautiful friend @michelamariee to list 10 things about myself, so here we gooooo:
1. I am 26 years young 👑 April babies are the best 💕
2. I have a degree in Advertising and Marketing with a concentration in psychology.
3. My first time stepping foot in a gym I was 16 years old. I started training to compete around 4 years ago.
4. I danced for 17 years 💃🏻 Modern, jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop and contemporary.
5. I think I tried about every sport growing up 😬
6. I have a sick obsession with the Kardashians and I'm convinced I'm a long lost sister.
7. When I drive my car, I pretend I'm driving an all black matte G-Wagon.... #DreamCar 💁🏻
8. I'm Syrian and Italian. Best mix ever. Best food ever. Best tan ever.
9. I want to get married in Dubai. #LifeGoals
10. My gym playlist is a weird mix between provocative rap songs, country and Spice Girls.. 👌🏻
If I tagged you- you're next!! 😏
LaLaLee Leggings- "CASSFIT10"
Posing inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org