I remember growing up with this huge head of frizzy, curly & untamable hair. I always wanted it to be straight like the girls on TV or in the magazines I would stroll past in the supermarket. Honestly, I hated having curly hair. Mainly because it wasn't the norm. I didn't fit into the standard of beauty because no one looked like me. The untangling process was torture especially as a kid, but my mother refused to relax it, no matter how often I asked. She constantly reminded me how beautiful I was and that people spent their money to get the hair I was born with naturally. She forced me to love and accept myself all my life and I will always be grateful for that (Thanks mom). Interestingly enough, no one ever called my hair beautiful. Just her. She stood by my side and fought this battle with me long before I realized what it would mean. I wore my hair in tight ponytails and neatly kept buns a good portion of my life. It wasn't until college, that my fellow curly boo Valerie pushed me to put my hair down, throw some curly products in it & let it be wild. I was free after that & haven't looked back since. There is something so special about being unapologetically you. About not apologizing for what you look like, what you represent and for the space you occupy on this Earth. It's so inspiring seeing the world change. Seeing these beautiful little girls rocking their hair, witnessing women all around the world breaking the standard of beauty and demanding the same respect and admiration as every other woman, skin color, hair type and body shape. I am so grateful to be present in this day and age where we all connect through social media, share positive vibes & encourage each other to love ourselves. Although this post was about hair, it's so much deeper than that. Regardless of what insecurities may arise in all of us....remember you are enough, WITHOUT all of the extra stuff that makes you feel beautiful. What you fight for, what you stand for and what you live for truly determine who you are. ❤️ Thank you for always accepting me & pushing me to be a better person and artist. I love you guys more than you will ever know.
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