Glamour looks at the politics that surrounds the hairstyles that are used by black women around the world.
For years, women of colour have been told that their natural hairstyle looks “messy” or “unkempt”. Many are quick to point out though that this is how their hair naturally is. Having to straighten curly hair can often be time consuming and can even damage it. In this video, Glamour speaks to black creators, artists and presenters about the politics and issues that surrounds their hair and how they’ve faced discrimination because of their hairstyles.
It’s a unique insight into the subtle links between discriminatory ideas and people’s hairstyles through history. More so, the assumption that non-afro hair is the norm perpetuates the idea that white people have a monopoly on beauty standards in the west. The video is the latest in Glamour’s Black Beauty series, where they celebrate the fashion, culture and style of black women. It forms a part of a wider global discussion around the ideas of modern beauty and looks at what it means to be “beautiful” in 2019.
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