I recently came across this article “Black and Beautiful”, published in The Daily Collegian. Written by UMass college natural Stephanie Ambrose, the article outlines her experience and sentiments about standards of beauty, the media, and natural hair. Apparently, a black woman approached her with a flyer for a salon, and the only advertised services were for hair extensions, braids, perms and hair straightening. Has this ever happened to you?
Here’s a snippet of the article: “Everywhere we look, the black minority is surrounded by advertisements, both on the television screen and on billboards of how their hair should look, how they should wear it, etc. Whether or not this information is coming from another white person or another black person, it still has the same effect. Images frequently advertised as beautiful which display a projection of desirable looks are the styles consumers will lean towards, whether or not it’s representative of their own race”.
One of the things I find most interesting is the comments written by readers. *hint hint*. Read them, and the article here.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?