From Baby Hairs To ‘Sticky Bangs’: 5 Times Whiteness Has Columbus’ed Black Women’s Aesthetics

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Bo Derek, Publicity Portrait for the Film, "10", Warner Bros., 1979

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Bo Derek

Actress Bo Derek wore Fulani braids in her 1979 film 10 and was praised for it. In 1980, People credited her for making the style a “cross-cultural craze” and a “beauty store bonanza.”

When asked about it in 2015, she didn’t think her being a white woman wearing cornrows was a big deal.

“It’s a hairdo! That’s all it is,” she told New York Magazine. “No, seriously, of all the important racial and cultural issues we have right now, people are going to focus on a hairstyle? No, no. I’ll save my efforts toward important racial and cultural issues.”

Cultural appropriation is a racial and cultural issue. But go off Bo.

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