This is my inaugural post for Mondays Around the Web, where I feature blog posts related to natural hair and the media.
Today’s blog post comes from NaturalArtMaven. Here’s an excerpt:
“I’ve noticed a lot more curly, coily and kinky naturals in commercials and print advertisements lately. As a graphic designer, I’m always looking at how things are marketed. While I’m excited to see so much representation in main stream media, it brings up a couple questions for me:
1. If marketers and big name brands feel that natural hair is acceptable enough to use natural haired models (the whole curl spectrum) in their ads, why are there still misconceptions that it’s dirty, unkempt, not professional, etc? If Loews, Chase, Mirena and other big name multi-million dollar companies think it’s good enough to represent their brand, why isn’t it good enough to represent an individual?”
She brings up a few questions: why is there a disconnect between the treatment of natural hair in mainstream media and in our communities? But my question is this…..Are more commercials with natural hair models/actors really enough to say that natural hair is acceptable? What else does it take?