"Hair is political."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Many black women growing up have been
told, in order to be attractive and presentable, they need to tame their hair.
Kinky, coily, dark hair is deemed undesirable and less than. The model Karla
hailed from Brazil, a country that despite the racial diversity, continues to
celebrate the straight-haired, blond, and European look.
When Karla worked in Brazil, she was
often asked to wear weaves or wigs for her castings. After moving to Amsterdam and
starting a new chapter in her life, she decided that the only way she could feel
more like herself is to own her hair and let the natural hair grow. She now
simply shows up to casting calls with her big proud afro.
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