The Black body, more so the Black woman, has stood on the opposite side of narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against it, even when straightened, with creative magic and Boldness.
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful.
Angela Bassett | The Power of Our Presence: Black Women in Hollywood 2014
With a booming economy in Nigeria and more black children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed when he could not find a black doll for his niece.
The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and, with little competition from foreign firms such as Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. He outsourced manufacturing of doll parts to low-cost China, assembled them onshore and added a twist – traditional Nigerian costumes.
The dolls represent Nigeria’s three largest Ethnic Groups; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba so far.
Seven years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses a month, and reckons he has 10-15% of a small but fast-growing market.
"I like it," says Ifunanya Odiah, five, struggling to contain her excitement as she inspects one of Okoya’s dolls in a Lagos shopping mall. "It’s black, like me.”
Like Barbies, Okoya’s dolls are slim, despite the fact that much of Africa abhors the western ideal of stick-thin models. Okoya says his early templates were larger bodied, and the kids did not like them.
But he hopes to change that. “For now, we have to hide behind the ‘normal’ doll. Once we’ve built the brand, we can make dolls with bigger bodies.”
As a dark-skinned woman with short natural hair in an industry still overwhelmingly dominated by white standards of beauty Nyong’o recognizes her potential to be a mirror for other black women and inspire a new generations of actresses. Young women expressing gratitude just for feeling represented decorate her Facebook fan page.
"It feels great. Dwayne Johnson said that greatness is not just what you do but what you inspire others to do. And that really moved me. If young girls feel inspired by my journey right now it’s an honor" - Oscar Nominated Actress Lupita Nyong’o
Look at how flawless these women look.
My mom straightening my hair in three photos taken by my dad:
1. YAY! I’m wild and free and just being me!
2. Wa…wait, why is she straightening it? This HURTS!
3. NO PICTURES! I CAN’T EVEN DEAL WITH THIS RIGHT NOW!!
OH MY GOD THIS IS EVERYTHING!
the hand lols
the wooden spoon tho.
story of our lives
these are the days of our lives
You were so happy at first… lol.
The struggle LOL