Pricision Artist Does Beautiful Drawing Of Curly Kinky Hair Defends Herself Against Haters After It Goes Viral

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On September 18th Prianka at Pricision Art posted an amazing picture she did a few months ago demonstrating the intricacies and beauty of naturally black hair

This was her tweet:

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As you can imagine the tweet went viral and her picture has been shared everywhere including a wonderful write up on Yahoo news:

Via Yahoo:

The idea that natural, Afro-textured hair is “unprofessional” or “unkempt” if it is not manipulated into a state more in line with Eurocentric notions of what hair looks like has long been documented. Black women can find themselves out of a job for having dreadlocks — a style many prefer to keep their hair neat and tidy.

Black girls in South Africa had to fight for the right to wear Afros in school — on the same continent where most of the native people have textured hair. The lengths some people go to in an attempt to suppress black men and women from embracing natural hairstyles would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad. Braids, locs, Afros, twists — even something as simple as wearing a head wrap, which many black women use to protect their fragile strands (or simply to show pride in their heritage) — are all considered offenses.

But for all the hate and debate that natural hair seems to get, there are also plenty of people who understand its coiled, kinky beauty. One such person is 18-year-old artist Prianka Bassi, aka @pricisionart, whose intricate drawing of an Afro puff has been retweeted more than 10,000 times.

“To all the people who are told that their curly/kinky/nappy hair isn’t beautiful.. This one is for you,” she captioned a tweet that included two close-up images of her extremely detailed work.

The drawing puts curly tendrils on display, showing just how dynamic, textured, complex, and beautiful natural hair is. “The drawing took around 9-10 hours,” Bassi told Yahoo Beauty via direct message on Twitter. She says she got inspired to do the illustration after sharing her experience as an Indian girl with curly hair and realizing that women of color, specifically black women, faced similar prejudice about their tresses as she did.

“Growing up, I would always find my hair being compared to other Indian girls who had silky, smooth, straight hair. My hair was constantly braided, and I was always made to feel as if my natural hair wasn’t beautiful,” she said.

“After a few years, I made new friends on Twitter who shared their experiences about their natural hair with me and how they were also made to feel as if their curls didn’t look as beautiful or ‘professional’ as straight hair, and how they had to relax and straighten their hair just to fit in the European image of perfect hair.

I also discovered that many girls from different ethnic groups suffered with the same problem, especially the black community, who arguably suffer the most prejudice for their hair. I was, therefore, inspired by how all these ethnic women went through the same problem, not being able to love their natural hair, so I thought of creating a huge hair drawing with tightly, coiled curls in order to inspire and motivate people of different ethnicities, from different countries, and all races to love their natural hair and embrace the beauty we’re born with.”

beautiful right?

Well all has not been great with this young artist, she has had to defend her choice to celebrate naturally curly and kinky hair through her art by people who are claiming there was no need for it.

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On her instagram she posted a message to her haters:

This drawing went viral a few days ago and I’ve received a lot of questions regarding the hair:
I dedicated this drawing to anyone who faced discrimination because of their curly/kinky/nappy hair.

I’ve seen many people comment “I’ve never heard of people with curly hair getting discriminated against!” Well ok lemme spread some d*mn light.

Around the world there are millions of people who are told that their curly hair, in particular black women, is “weird” & “different”. Many people are actually rejected jobs because their hair doesn’t look as “professional” as their colleagues who have straight hair.

If you haven’t witnessed this discrimination before then keep your mouth shut because I’m sure there are many people out there willing to share their experiences about how they were treated differently due to their hair.

Growing up, my own hair was tightly braided in an attempt to straighten it out so I could have luscious silky locks like other girls. Many black girls relax & straighten their hair simply because they are constantly made to feel as if their natural hair isn’t as beautiful or “healthy”.

If you have never been told this or gone through this then please stfu because this drawing WAS NOT EVEN DEDICATED TO YOU. This goes out to those people who have been told their natural hair isn’t beautiful, who have been told to straighten their hair so they could look “normal”.

The people who can relate to this drawing have left beautiful comments on how they feel uplifted and inspired to embrace their curls, and the people who can’t relate are ironically the ones who are leaving stupid comments like “how does a drawing make a difference lol???”

Whether it makes a difference or not, it doesn’t concern you, the people who this drawing was dedicated to have understood the message and appreciate it. The rest of you can keep hating because you clearly have nothing else to do ? #curlyhair #naturalhair #pricisionart

The hate is so real, but if we focus on the positive the drawing is absolutely beautiful and Prianka is one amazing artist!

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