Society at large has defined beauty as being light-skinned, skinny, and having straight hair.
This definition of beauty has kept black women back because we need to change our true identity to fit society’s beauty standards. As black women, we have grown up watching TV and being brought up to believe that beauty can only be identified as having straight and glowing hair. Over the years, we have been kept back by this oppressing demand of society to fit its standards or not to be considered beautiful with our natural hair.
As a result of growing up brainwashed about our hair, we grew up not having the confidence in ourselves with our hair as we wear some hair made by companies who Run ad campaigns like ‘’become beautiful with straight hair’’.
Here her 3 Powerful Celebrities out of many who defiled all odds and who will inspire you to break the chain of society’s definition of beautiful.
Lupita Nyong’o: She has been among the major forces to combat beauty’s societal standard: light-skinned and straight, silky hair. Lupita has been unshaken with this standard and has been championing the fact that our kinky and curly hair is beautiful too. Her true heart was shown when Grazia magazine UK editors altered her cover page image where her hair was made to be smooth and relaxed fitting society’s beauty standard. Lupita did not respond well to this. She was quoted to say, “As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, curly hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me. It is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black woman’s complexion, hairstyle, and texture.
Nandi Madida: Even before she became famous through the 2011 release of her single “Tonight,” she wrote and produced by DJ Franky. Nandi has and is still championing our natural hair as our heritage, and we should be proud to wear our natural hair. Nandi was asked during an event about natural hair in Paris if she thought that natural hair was simply a trend; she replied
“Natural hair means everything. It means loving your skin—who you are, your self-esteem—and it is paramount. It is not a trend; it is who we are.”Before the event in Paris, Nandi was quoted to say, “It’s an honor to be called to speak for what I stand for, for which is basically being confident in your own skin and with your own hair” said Nandi. She further added that it’s important for women to embrace their natural heritage as Africans”.
Taraji P. Henson: At first, she was forced to go by society’s beauty standard, but now she is championing the natural hair movement by chopping off her hair and putting away the straight, silky hair for good. During her interview with Huffington Post, Taraji said Part of the reason she said she felt pressured to straighten her hair was due to biased beauty standards. While women are finally starting to express themselves as they please, Taraji pointed out that black women still face particular difficulties. The definition of American beauty (though evolving) is still largely Eurocentric, an unfair set of blonde hair and blue-eyed standards that have put women of color at serious risk.
“[Black women] have shame when it comes to our hair. What we’ve been told, ‘Your hair is nappy.’ It’s not nappy, and it’s curly. That’s a curl, that’s a coil. That’s energy leading up, and I was like, we need to convey that message because I see many girls, naturally, is it for fashion or do you really understand what that is? It is a crown that God gave you. Our hair defies gravity without any products. Do you know how powerful that is? That’s powerful.”