Sometimes it seems like you cannot win with media bias and with that you have to wonder what it would be like to be a fly on the wall during the meeting that ultimately leads to the decision to crop a woman’s photo because her hair is a problem.
Last week Solange had to check a publication for removing parts of her hair for the cover of their magazine that she was featured on. She told them in no uncertain terms #DTMH!
This week Lupita had to do the same thing with Grazia UK. This is what Lupita wrote on Facebook in response to the irresponsible editing of the picture:
As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too.
Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that Grazia UK invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.
Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh
First, your hair had to be bone straight to grace the covers of a magazine, now you have to be bald! They will learn one day!