1/23/2014

"Black Hair" Magazine

While grocery shopping the other day, I decided to check out the magazine section for a peek at what the sexist industry had in store for me this month. Rather than weight attacks that tell me I should spend more on clothes but love myself the way I am, I was drawn to an issue of "Black Hair" magazine.

I think Fake Hair magazine would describe it better.

The purpose of having magazines dedicated purely to hair of women of color is that other magazines do not cater to it, implying that this will, but it doesn't. It just sells us weaves and wigs that look like what the other magazines sell us anyway. Though, if you look at the top right, you'll see that there is a "mini magazine" included for us curly hair sisters. Why, thank you! A lifetime searching for relatable hair care information, and you dedicate a whole entire mini magazine to us! ¬¬

No wonder things like this are happening:


To give you a better perspective on the significance of this article, here is an excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah:
“So three Black women in maybe two thousand pages of women’s magazines and all of them biracial or racially ambiguous, so they could be Indian or Puerto Rican or something. Not one of them is dark. Not one of them looks like me, so I can’t get clues for makeup from these magazines. Look, this article tells you to pinch your cheeks for color because all their readers are supposed to have cheeks you can pinch for color. This tells you about different hair products for everyone—and everyone means blondes, brunettes, and redheads. I am none of those. And this tells you about the best conditioners—for straight, wavy and curly. No kinky. See what they mean by curly? My hair could never do that. This tells you about matching your eye color and eye shadow—blue, green, and hazel eyes. But my eyes are black so I can’t know what shadow works for me. This says that this pink lipstick is universal, but they mean universal if you are white because I would look like a golliwog if I tried that shade of pink. Oh look, here is some progress. An advertisement for foundation. There are seven different shades for white skin and one generic chocolate shade, but that is progress. Now let’s talk about what is racially skewed. Do you see why a magazine like Essence exists?”
A discourse all too familiar to me. Unfortunately, these black only spaces are becoming increasingly bleached, and our real visibility is becoming lost. White washing is not a myth, I see it all the time. I already have so few relatable content and now spaces that claim to cater to me are shrinking and alienating me.

Also, here is an old photo of Ciara

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Just putting that out there.

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1 comment:

  1. I think she has altered her nose as well.

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