It’s BIG. It’s BOLD. It’s BEAUTIFUL.
But more importantly than whether it’s her “real” hair or a wig she borrowed, is the fact that someone as prominent and well-known as Oprah dares to make a statement that makes young girls like my daughters, remove any doubt that their natural hair is something unacceptable and ugly.
My daughters Mikaela and Kaitlin are natural and it’s not always easy for them at school. Last year Mikaela was teased after she decided to wear her hair out in an afro. I guess we can’t blame other kids for not being taught to love themselves and their hair because they are only acting out what they have learned. But since entertainers and media images hardly ever show black women proudly sporting their natural mane, it is important for our kids to see images like that of Oprah on full display proudly boasting and luxuriating in the beauty of natural black hair.
Just think, my kids can confidently tell any kid that teases them that they might someday be a entertainment mogul like Oprah, and own their OWN network and they can do it by being just as they are — Kinks and coils included!
Thank you Auntie O for this beautiful spread in O Magazine and for being such a wonderful role model that my babies adore. The recent issue in O Magazine focuses on Everything you need to know about hair. Grab a copy on newsstands now!