"Hair is an accessory and doesn't define a woman" - Duckie Thot
Hands up if you have a minor meltdown when your hair doesn’t do that cute flicky thing you want it to…
Whether you admit it or not (we know there are some closet hair enthusiasts out there) we do seem to define people by their looks, especially their hairstyles.
We associate certain people with certain styles (remember ‘the Rachel’ all those years ago?) and we strive to make ours as perfect as possible. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but model Duckie Thot has kind of opened our eyes this morning and shown us that it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, define who we are.
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This is particularly important for those of us who don’t have conventional sleek and straight locks, or hair that isn’t as easy to style and manage. And if you thought it would be easier to style if you’re in the fashion industry, you’re sorely mistaken…
"I've never really had a good experience with my natural hair and modeling in Australia before," the former Australia’s Next Top Model contestant wrote on a very candid Instagram post accompanied by a breath-taking picture of her with natural hair.
"I remember on top model on one of the episodes I had to cornrow my own hair. I was extremely upset and embarrassed that they 'didn't know how' to cornrow my natural hair when at the end of the day that's their job."
This isn’t the first time she has been candid about her hair struggles…
“Being a black woman, we haven't really been taught how to take care of our natural hair — we've only been taught how to hide it," she said when she opened up to Teen Vogue.
"I think hair companies, the media, hairstylists, and the industry itself are to blame. They haven't made the same efforts to ensure black women are looked after in their most natural form. I think the industry should really take ownership and start to invest into us."
We couldn’t agree more! We feel motivated, inspired, and ready to love ourselves for who we are! Who’s with us?
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