So, three years ago my hair was a rat tailed, over processed ruin. One utterly miserable day and I grabbed a pair of scissors and took it out on my hair, leaving me with a mop that was was up by my ears and an absolute mess.
Since then, I’ve worn extensions and babied the shit out it to try.
So for the first time in a very long time, this is ALL my own hair! Not a fake piece of hair in sight.
So for goodness sakes, never let me go near my hair with a pair of scissors again!!
poet. foto documentarian. aspiring cellist.
gotta love big hair!
Are those dreads, because damn. #HairEnvy
I am envious of America’s artificial, sugary goodness <3
Backstage at Marc Jacobs Fall 2012, New York
THE SAGA BEGINS
Mattel just unveiled its newest collection of Barbies: the So in Style (S.I.S.) collection. Created by an African-American designer, the dolls are meant to be more culturally relevant to young multi-ethnic girls in their fashions, facial features and hairstyles with inspiring hobbies.
“I want them to be examples to real girls,” says Mattel designer Stacey McBride-Irby.
The dolls come in pairs with a big and little sister to encourage mentoring relationships. While we applaud the cute dolls – Grace and Courtney, Kara and Kiana and Trichelle and Janessa – most still look like a darker shade of Barbie. Only one of the three adult dolls, Kara, has natural hair, while the other two sport long, stick-straight ‘dos. And out of the three little sisters, only one has a textured style – afro puffs – while the rest have straighter styles.
Barbie has come along way since she first was conceived 50 years ago by Ruth Handler, who founded Mattel in 1944 with husband, Elliot and Harold “Matt” Matson. Handler was bucking a post-World War II trend of paper dolls and baby dolls by creating a fashion doll, whcih she named after her daughter, Barbara.
The early Barbie’s measurements were unattainable. In 1989, a Barbie Liberation Organization was formed by a group of activists who objected to Barbie’s unrealistic figure and her superficial consumerism.
And Barbie definitely lacked ethnicity, even when they were meant to be black or Hispanic. The company simply took the Barbie mold and hair and gave the doll darker skin.
The new dolls are a definite improvement over Mattel’s previous attempts. But they still fall slightly short, falling back on what is more socially acceptable and reinforcing old standards of beauty that have changed dramatically as our society becomes more multicultural.
The dolls have gotten mixed reviews from the African-American community.
“The S.I.S. dolls are just another example of how America loves to see American-Americans: as white as possible,” says About-face.com. “Of course many black women do have hair like this, but most don’t grow it that way naturally. There are six different dolls – why not six different kinds of hair? To me, this lack of representation just reaffirms the notion that ‘nappy’ or ‘kinky’ hair is bad, while promoting long, sleek hair as the most (or only) beautiful option.”
Blogger Raven Hill writes on Jezebel.com: “Hair can be a complicated subject for black women, and it would be sad for any little girl to feel as if her texture wasn’t desirable or represented.”In the meantime, read how womyn of color are combatting the issue by taking matters into their own hands and giving these straight haired barbies natural hair makeovers! I think I’m gonna make one!
“The S.I.S. dolls are just another example of how America loves to see American-Americans: as white as possible.”
THE NOISE I JUST MADE.
then someone pointed out that the tower had “interesting coloring” and I was like “wot” and they were like “It looks like a penis.” which I suppose is entirely true tbh.
Anyone reblogging this from me, feel free to delete that last part.
See, the tower being phallic is representative of how she (and women as a whole) are kept prisoner by patriarchal gender roles and views of sexuality.
Also, Rapunzel is one of the few “princesses” I’d like to see as a black character. Some of the other options, i.e. Cinderella hit a little bit… On the dark side, so to speak.
I’M GONNA KILL SOMETHING.
yeah you can go die in a fire DC
i dressed up for a while.