An interesting article that makes you think is always a good read…
I recently read this Newsweek article about Zahara Jolie-Pitt’s hair. If you don’t know she’s the adopted Ethiopian child of celebrity super couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. I can’t say I agree or disagree with this article simply because I didn’t find photos of Zahara’s ‘messy’ hair (yes I did a photo search). I mean yes, there were some photos where her hair was out and didn’t have extremely “defined” curls. I also saw her hair in some photos worn out and showing a bit more of her natural hair texture (perhaps without any product). It was a bit more on the kinky side.
But I thought about this author’s point of how important hair is in the black community (which is sooooo true). Chris Rock clearly addressed this in his most recent movie “Good Hair” which you can watch in theaters or view the trailer online. Perhaps Zahara’s hair may look messy to some in the black community who put A LOT of emphasis on a “neat”, “tame” hairstyle. Is Zahara’s hair really messy? Perhaps Brad and Angelina see her hair as beautiful, and love showing its natural texture without manipulation. Maybe Brad and Angelina don’t feel Zahara’s hair has to be manipulated in any way. They may love and admire her natural texture and feel that Zahara should show it off. Perhaps we in the black community need to learn to embrace our own hair texture and see it as beautiful without manipulation – whether chemically, with products or manipulated to tame it into shape.
Perhaps Zahara’s hair should have a plats, braids and clips on a regular basis to “neatly tame her hair” (yes there are photos of her with this style). Maybe Brad and Angie and others outside of the black community don’t see Zahara’s hair as ever being messy at all. They may just love Zahara’s hair just the way it is – in it’s natural state.
Sometime’s it’s all about perception and acceptance. If everyone wore their afro textured hair out in a “kinky” style and it was the most popular hairstyle worn by celebrities, those in high positions, teachers, students everywhere… I’m sure it would be a non-issue.
However I do have to agree somewhat with the author that until that time comes and to be accepted as a young black girl – like Zahara, fitting in can sometimes mean taming what’s naturally yours. It’s so unfortunate but it’s true.
I’m not even done with my thoughts on this because there is so much more to say. But leaving on this note, share your thoughts and experiences with this issue? Do you agree with this ARTICLE about Zahara Jolie-Pitt and her hair? The debate on hair continues…
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