Natural Hair Now Embraced on Fashion's Runways
1 year ago
Is it a fad or here to stay?
"Natural hairstyles, from cropped Afros, flat tops, to buzzed scalps" were seen on Black models storming the catwalk.
Considering that just last year rising Black model Jourdan Dunn famously tweeted while backstage at Paris Fashion Week, "I swear some people need to learn how to do black hair/skin," this observation can only be met with applause.
Both supermodels Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell have made it known to the public that they've suffered from hair loss due to their tresses being "stretched to their breaking, frayed ends" and their "scalps carelessly permed, harshly scorched, battered with color, and left to be restored by weaves, wigs, and the shearing of frazzled lock."
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While some Black models, like Alek Wek, have made their natural hair their signature look, not every predecessor has been as lucky.
However, Vogue Italia notes that the fashion industry still has a long way to go, saying that "knowledge concerning Black hair care" still needs to "reach the hands of the industry's top hair masters that have long remained unaware of Black hair's habits."
Here's to hoping the natural hair remains to be rocked proudly, like Viola Davis did on the red carpet at this year's Oscars and like Angelina Jolie's young daughter Zahara did on the streets of New Orleans recently.