Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Natural Head Spotlight: Malia Obama
President Obama has been President for little under 6 months and I am still in shock. I campaigned for him. I voted for him. And I traveled to D.C. to see him get sworn in. But every time I see him and his beautiful family I am STILL in...awe.
Yes, I pay attention to the Obama administration. I'm not that airheaded. But I also gawk at the First Lady's fits, Sasha's funny faces and Malia's natural-esque hairstyles.
That's right....I love that Malia sometimes rocks 2-strand twists and cornrows. These are styles that I wore as a little girl. And to be honest, I hated them. I was always "the only Black girl" in my elementary school classes. When I wore hairstyles like this I always felt "different". I didn't have the long and straight hair like my classmates. And I hated the questions that came along with wearing braids and twists.
"How does your hair do that?"
"How long does it take?"
"Why does it look like that?"
Drove me up a wall. And it gave me another reason to hate my hair. I'm sure 11-year old Malia doesn't mean to make a statement with her hair. But for us once little Black girls, her natural and braided styles say a lot.
Rock on, First Honey!