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Team Natural: Celebrity style

WE HIGHLIGHT a selection of famous women who have shared their thoughts on being natural…


JAMELIA, SINGER & TV PRESENTER
“I am in love with my hair and I’m just sorry I didn’t make the choice to return to being natural a looooong time ago. It’s something that has helped hugely with my girls and their sense of self. They no longer want straight hair like Mummy’s...they now want to celebrate their curls like Mummy. That is all the validation I need to know this was the right decision for me.”

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LUPITA NYONG'O, ACTRESS
“I wasn’t sure if I could pull off [the bald look]. Almost on a whim, I was like, ‘What if I didn’t have it?’ And so I shaved it all off. It was shocking at first, especially for my mum. But I learned to embrace my features. And I like myself a lot more now that I’m not constantly fussing over my hair.”

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SHINGAI SHONIWA, SINGER
“I’ve done a lot of amazing front covers and I’ve had a lot of people tell me it was nice to see a cover featuring a woman with natural hair. Some people felt that wearing my hair naturally for a front cover was quite a brave thing to do, but I was just being myself. I’m grateful to have been part of that conversation where we challenge the usual perceptions of beauty.”

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KANDACE SPRINGS, SINGER
“I think it’s great to see so many women wearing their hair naturally. It’s inspiring and I think natural hair is beautiful.”

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SOLANGE, SINGER
“I actually love my natural hair when it’s in a twist out and it’s been slept on for five days and revived by the steam of the shower.”

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V BOZEMAN, SINGER AND ACTRESS
“When I cut my hair I finally saw me – and I embraced me. That’s when everybody else did too.”

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ZENDAYA COLEMAN
“My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of colour that our hair is good enough.”

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CORINNE BAILEY RAE, SINGER
“I think having that visibility of black women wearing their hair naturally and not feeling self-conscious about it is a great thing. It’s also great to see the different ways we can wear our hair.”

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THANDIE NEWTON, ACTRESS
“Straight hair has been ‘on trend’ for years and years, so having big-ass curly hair means ‘I’m stepping outside the mould, outside what’s accepted and applauded.’ It takes a little courage to do that. Mainly, I want to wear it natural because it looks amazing!”

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