Natural hair! Don't care. 💋💋
This past long weekend, we celebrated a lot of special days: World Mental Health Day, Thanksgiving Day (in Canada), Indigenous Peoples Day, and the one I want to spend a hot minute on the International day of the Girl Child.
The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. Girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during the critical formative years, but also as they mature into women.
When is the last time you reflected upon the girl you were growing up?
I remember that girl, she was shy and bossy, intelligent and rambunctious, athletic but she never thought she was pretty. Somewhere in those formative years, she got a subliminal message that she couldn’t be both smart and beautiful - especially with her natural hair.
Fast forward to later in my womanhood, these messages came through to me when I relaxed or straightened my hair and I always was given compliments. One colleague at work told me I looked more “feminine” with my hair in braids. Also, countless photos for other professional women were of women with straight hair - so my photos were too.
But the loudest message I received is when I gained confidence to wear my natural hair at work -- radio-silence. It was later explained to me by a melanted friend that, for corporate circles, I looked “militant” with my hair that way. Oooh boi!
So when I look back on that little girl, the one who organized her dolls by height, I tell her she is smart, worthy and beautiful. I want her and all girls today to grow up confident in themselves - physically, mentally, financially, so that she may be empowered to create a world that is relevant for her and future generations.