10 Pivotal Moments In Black Women’s Hair History

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Janelle Monae Becomes First Natural Hair Diva To Rep a Mainstream Cosmetics Label (2012)

People of color, but black women in particular, continue to challenge popular culture’s definitions of beauty, especially where our hair is concerned. Even as society becomes more diverse and multi-cultural, we still have a way to go in an age where a black meteorologist can be fired for responding nicely to a viewer comment that suggested that she should stop wearing her hair short (presumably because they find it unprofessional, unflattering or both). And while many of us are comfortable in our own skin (and hair), it does feel good to have our beauty acknowledged. So when All-American cosmetics brand CoverGirl decided to make eclectic singer Janelle Monae and her supremely coiffed, natural pompadour one of its many recognizable spokesmodel faces, it signified a huge step in the right direction.

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