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Queen Nefertiti: An icon of black beauty?

BLACK BEAUTY ICON: Queen Nefertiti

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE London will host an evening exploring ideas of beauty and the role of African Queen Nefertiti as a black icon.

From pop videos like Michael Jackson’s Remember the Time, to Queen Latifa starring as the Egyptian monarch in 2013, Queen Nefertiti has gained prominence as an icon of black beauty.

During the discussion, which takes place on April 20, lecturer Kandace Chimbiri considers how Nefertiti - who is regarded as the Mona Lisa of the ancient world - has (or not) defined Ancient Egyptian beauty.

Chimbiri will cover:
- Who was Nefertiti?
- What did she look like?
- How and why did she become the definition of Ancient Egyptian beauty?
- Is Nefertiti a valid icon for black women when the most famous image of her shows her as white?
- White supremacy at the movies

Chimbiri previously lectured on 6,000 years of African combs from their earliest appearance in the ancient Nile valley to the modern ‘Black Fist’ comb. She provided a comprehensive introduction to African combs and revealed what they really tell us about African history, art, power, business, and economics.

The lecturer's third book, Secrets of the Afro comb, 6,000 Years of Art and Culture accompanied the Origins of the Afro Comb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The publication is the world’s first book on African combs for children. As well as looking at the Afro comb as an art object, the book also discusses why African hair is curly.

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