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White People Won’t Let Our Edges Be Great

You know that Viola Davis GIF where Annalise Keating serves an epic black girl eye roll, grabs her purse and goes the hell home because as she was leaving her house she wished a nigga would, and they clearly did? Well, those were my exact sentiments last week to the folks over at Victoria’s Secret and their blatant disrespect of model Zuri Tibby’s edges.

It was pretty bad guys. One look at the photos and it’s clear not one person on set had even thought about doing black hair that day. Victoria had poor Zuri out here looking like last night’s sleepover and she let her little cousins play beauty shop in her hair before bedtime. Who thought this looked good?

What is it about us black women that our general market friends just can’t seem to understand? We’re not that complicated. Don’t put your finger in our face, leave us a few good men with decent credit, don’t try to convince our aunties that Luther was gay and admit that Lemonade should have won over 25. Oh, and do my dang hair correctly. That’s it.

I wonder if Charlize Theron or Jennifer Aniston ever had this problem; if they’ve experienced the plight of sitting in a global brand’s salon chair with some of the industry’s top hair stylists all up in your coif with no clue how to treat or style their Goldilocks tresses. Follow that up with having to smize through your frustration and resisting the urge to simply pull out your toothbrush to lay your own edges, because apparently we are the only ones properly equipped to do, style, and familiarize ourselves with our own hair.

So let me get this straight. You somehow manage to find the Pump It Up Spritz? Super Hold when it’s time to refresh the Kardashian’s cornrow set, yet, you conveniently misplace your “Miley Cyrus Ultimate Guide to Cultural Appropriation” handbook when the black girl sits in the styling chair? And ya’ll wonder why Maxine Waters keeps a mean side eye in her change purse for white folks. It’s for moments like these — moments when white people refuse to reach past their white privilege to understand people of color, or have the audacity to call into question Amanda Seales’ “passion.” At the end of the day, they don’t know us and quite frankly aren’t that interested in getting to know us if it doesn’t pertain to a social media dance craze, Halloween costume or Kanye West album.

If I have to memorize that wretched “Star Spangled Banner,” keep my comments on Taylor Swift’s limited vocal ability to a minimum each time I walk the aisles of Crate and Barrel (on her best day the girl couldn’t compete with whatever Tisha Campbell is doing these days), and smile at Barb’s macaroni salad at the office potluck, then the least you blow dryer touting, fake English accent, Upper East Side, Paul Mitchell School dropouts can do is watch a YouTube video on the supposed intricacies of putting a black girl’s hair in a ponytail.

 I get it. If you didn’t spend a third of your childhood propped on a pillow, seated between the legs of a black momma or cousin getting your hair done, (or at least in your play auntie’s kitchen or hair salon), understanding the ins and outs of black hair may not be innate to you. But come on Victoria and any white stylist that has laid a hand to Naomi Campbell’s head. You mean to tell me there was not one black person on set who had a jar of Eco Style, Let’s JAM! Regular hold (although Extra Hold would have done the trick #NoShade just facts), or even that clear stuff that flakes worse than the cereal crumbs at the bottom of the bag?

I want to know who was the lone black person in the room who decided to remain silent on this because you know there was one. You, sir or ma’am, are also to blame for this. Those edges were screaming, reaching and chasing after you. I bet my bottom dollar cute little Zuri even gave you the universal black nod as a signal for help and you brushed it off as some sort of morning pleasantry, or confirmation that your Cucumber Melon body spray was on point. We the people of the Black Delegation revoke your Black Card until the 2018 barbecue season.

This is not how you make a woman feel sexy or beautiful or fly AF or part of an imaginative inclusive society. It’d be somewhat different if this was the brand’s first time working with a black model but they’ve had several and all have (for the most part) rocked a decent hairstyle on the runway and in the ads. Something isn’t adding up. Maybe the one black hair stylist called off this week so the Vidal Sassoon intern or Kendall Jenner had to step in for the day. Yup, that’s it, because surely a seasoned hair stylist wouldn’t let a model step out like this. Oh, and special shout-out to Zuri, and all the black and brown models who have come before her, for pressing your way and stunting despite your circumstance. You ladies are the real MVPs.

If this is the secret Vicky has been holding in all of these years, a mush to the face and an apology of SheaMoisture proportions is owed here. It’s not right, it’s not okay, but thankfully #MelaninShallPrevail anyway.

Chevonne Harris

Chevonne Harris is a lover of all things pop culture and Oprah. She is an unapologetic subscriber to the book of Beyonce and the creator of AdoreColour.com, a digital destination celebrating the sheer awesomeness of black women. Her work has appeared on Buzzfeed, Jezebel.com, EBONY magazine, The Huffington Post, Clutch Magazine and more. #FunFact: Chevonne is also a proud two-time winner of Monopoly and firmly believes life would be much better if lived to “Songs in the Key of Life.”

  • Darkchloe144

    This photo got me on the verge of a thug tear. Where was the EcoStylerrrrr?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f704b958a3c31b42e4502516474b2013921ea7f92965e46197b8dcabc5fe757a.gif

  • UrbanNortheast

    This is like what they did to that poor Black model on the Today Show. I still cringe thinking about the way that “stylist” split that ponytail in two and yanked.

    • Darkchloe144

      So bad, so horribly bad.

    • Yahmo Bethere

      I went there in my mind too.

  • Yahmo Bethere

    Edges? It’s the whole d-n thing.

  • Junegirl627

    Here is my issue with “W”hite people. Why do they have to act like you need a Ph.D. in Black hair studies to do a ponytail. I mean a brush and a curling iron can pretty much make everyone OK but noooooo “W”hite Stylists act like doing our hair is the equivalent to asking them to do the impossible.

    Not to mention I have done white hair and their hair is WAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY more difficult to manage. But you know how it is Black = Different = Difficult= WHY DO I HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS = FLUCKERY.

    • UrbanNortheast

      I was in a wedding a few years ago. The bride was Black. The bridal party was Black, White, and Latina. All kinds of hair – mine is natural, the bride’s was relaxed (it no longer is), and the White and Latina women had different textures. We went to the bride’s regular Black salon and the stylists handled us all beautifully , except for this one White woman whose hair would. Not. Do. What. Anyone. Told. It. The stylist working on her finally threw up her hands and called over her boss/the owner, and was like “I can’t do this.” We were all cracking up -even the woman whose hair it was.

      • miss t-lee

        Funny thing is…most Black stylists/barbers I know can style/cut all kinds of hair. But on the flipside, that’s not so much the case.

        • UrbanNortheast

          Yep! Same here.

        • Mary Burrell

          My stylist is black and she also has white clients she’s versatile I am thankful to have her.

    • White ppl barely do their own hair or take showers…. why do we keep expecting them to be great?

      • Junegirl627

        word. I am so sick of them coming to work looking like wet dogs

        • KNeale

          I don’t mind it because its evidence of a wash of some sort.

      • Simms~

        Not showers. Dead!

      • miss t-lee

        I didn’t want to say it…

      • KMN

        Listen there was this one girl that I worked with here and she had kinda thick but you could tell super oily hair…she washed her hair like we did…every 4 days…that mess stunk to high heavens Jesus!! I’d smell the oil when she passed me…like 3 month old bacon grease on the stove…sweet baby Jesus on the rock!

        • NI66A!!! I will NOT! lmao

          • KMN

            ROFL oh yes you will lmao…If I had to suffer so shall you LMAO…I was like..oh we doing that dry shampoo thing…nope that don’t work with you hunty…wash that mess…ERRDAY LMAO

        • AzucarNegra

          You sure she was not reading some natural hair forum?

          • KMN

            I don’t know what she was reading but it shouldn’t have been OUR natural hair forum…most of us can do that. Most of them can’t

            • AzucarNegra

              I have seen the advice floated that they need not wash everyday

              • KMN

                Hmph..the devil is a lie for a LOT of folks…I can go at least a week but I work out so a cowash every TWO days at least…I don’t know what she was doing…and they lied ALL the way to her roflol

              • Mary Burrell

                The hair or body??

                • AzucarNegra

                  hair, though I have seen suggestions that bathing everyday is not a must, and is actually better for the body

                  • Mary Burrell

                    Oh my lord is that a European thing?

                    • AzucarNegra

                      Lol. Random something

                  • I wish I could find the article I read some time back where a guy says he no longer uses soap.

                    No, for real. Says he just rinses off.

                    :faints:

              • KNeale

                Yeah nobody should be washing their hair everyday. I’ve read that a lot and heard from dermatologist. Strips your hair of everything. That applies to everyone, but some folks can go longer than others.

              • Blue Skies Bring Tears

                I’ve actually been told that I could – should even- stop washing my hair completely. Chemicals in commercial shampoos and stuff. I… I did it for a few months.

                It was a horrifying greasy mess for three weeks and became normal again after that. There was no smell as far as I could tell. I’ve had friends with smelly scalps/hair though. It’s rancid.

            • La Que ‘Nchula

              Most of us wyt folks wash our hair every other day- some can get by with every third day. Longer than that and it’s just flat out nasty. Trust me, when you go 5,6,7 days or longer without washing your hair, it smells no matter your race. I get there is a difference in hair texture, etc., but oil sweat and gunk bulid up and it gets funky. You might not notice it or think it’s there, but those of us not accustomed to it notice it- hair smell.

              • KMN

                That’s true but I’m personally VERY aware of how I smell (I used to be fat as fuck and being stinky was a worry of mine because of folds and extra skin so I am VERY aware)….and I put my fingers and rub into my scalp to smell it to make sure I’m ok lmao…but thinner, straighter hair does smell sooner than coilier nappier thicker hair…and some folks produce more oils. But black folks can go a little longer without hair washing than other folks…and Asians probably too because their hair is thick as FUUUUUUUUUUCK but again that’s me lol

                • Yeah, my daughter (19) can go 6-7 days and her head/scalp doesn’t smell.
                  I wash my hair every 4 days or so.

        • KNeale

          Yeah..I definitely wash my hair every…*coughs…4..*coughs….days

          I’ve gone very long periods of time without washing and i won’t share how long but I’m in desperate need for a wash right now actually.

          • KMN

            Sometimes I go 2 weeks without washing…but that’s when I’m being lazy and NOT working out lmao…but I don’t sweat in my head often and I stay in Wisconsin and it’s cold as FUCK here so there’s no reason for me to sweat lmao…but I’m going to do a clarifying wash this weekend…but I do cowashes regularly so I feel your pain girl I feel your pain lmao

      • Yikes.

      • KNeale

        Most important point. I don’t care if WP know how to do my hair. There should have been black hairstylist on the set point blank period. And black hairstylist typically know how to do much more different textures of hair than white styist. Mainstream cosmetology schools focus on straight nontextured hair and black stylist (the ones that do black hair) have to learn that AND how to do black hair though they don’t get the same education and resources.

      • Kat

        Ma’am…

    • Val

      Hiya, Jg.

      • Junegirl627

        Hey babe!!

    • Brown Rose

      Aliens June. We are Aliens to them. No other reason. And you are right, their hair is way harder to manage specially if its thin and straight.

    • clownFace Prod.

      “Why do they have to act like you need a Ph.D. in Black hair studies to do a ponytail.”

      They act the same way whenever they have to pronounce a Black name with an apostrophe in it. Or a Q and a U next to each other.

      • Junegirl627

        Or when the subject of moisturizer comes up.

        • NonyaB?

          No cure for the plague of the Ashy Legion.

        • Ms.Moon

          I did not know that they did not take their lotions seriously I have my light summer lotion, my in between, fall/spring lotion and my heavy duty winter lotion. There are oils and butters these things exist why can they not find their way to the lotions aisles. Some people’s elbows need the blessings of good moisturizer.

          • lkeke35

            Yep! I got a whole flotilla of lotions with various purposes and scents.
            Not only that, but I’ve been hearing they don’t use towels in the shower anyway. How effective is that. Not a towel, sponge, or loofah in sight, in they bathroom

            • Ms.Moon

              Bath time is a ritual scrubby gloves, pumice stone and facial scrub I want to be smooth and smell nice when I go to bed or walk out the door.

          • Blue Skies Bring Tears

            I never use any lotion. ? I don’t think my mom does either. Maybe I should start. Somehow I expect greasiness from lotion.

            • Ms.Moon

              Lotion should not make you feel sticky it should get rubbed in and leave you feeling smooth according to the time of year the density should change, light lotion for the summer heavier lotion for the winter. Ashy elbows look terrible and are rough to touch nobody wants that.

      • HouseSublime

        I live in Chicago which has the 3rd largest Polish population in the world. Best believe they will figure out how to pronounce Kowalczyk or Wrzesi?ski but act like Lashonda is written in alien script.

        • Mary Burrell

          You are telling no lies.

      • JennyJazzhands

        I hate that I’m a substitute teacher and they always trying to give kids nicknames. I look at the attendance every time and pronounce the names correctly. They are shocked and say those names are too hard I just call out initials. I always say, “well, reading is difficult for some. Would you like me to break it down phonetically?” Then they get mad.

        • Kat

          Say it again

    • PriceIsRightHorns

      I used to go to a salon in the burbs that had one black stylist. There were three white stylists and the majority of their clientele were older white women.

      I was getting my hair done and this lady shuffles over and stares for a minute. My stylist and I stop talking and stare back at her. She then says “Oh my goodness! That looks like it’s so difficult to handle!”

      I said, “Well why don’t I just get up and start tap dancing for ya?!”

      • ValerieTheTenderoni

        LMAO!!!

      • MimiB

        Hollered!

      • Mary Burrell

        Whoah! They can be so stupid at times how did this rude person react to that response?

        • PriceIsRightHorns

          I said it loudly and the whole shop heard it. She just stood there, mouth agape looking crazy. My stylist busted out laughing (which made me laugh) and her son rushed over to collect her so they could leave.

          A few months later I switched salons. All black everything.

          • Mary Burrell

            I prefer to be in an all black salon

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    • Jennifer

      The thing that gets me is that their ignorance is leaving SO MUCH MONEY on the table. We spend so much money maintaining our hair in natural and chemically treated styles.

      They don’t even care to learn.

      • KNeale

        Black women spend the most on beauty products period because we are taught to believe that our hair needs so much product and work and that our skin needs so much products and that we have to work extra hard to be squeaky clean because any type of hygeine/beauty issue has a bigger backlash for black women, socially and professionally. I read about this in response to Johnson and Johnson marketing cancerous products to black women because they knew the data is that black women are the most insecure about hygeine (through white supremacy’s design) and spend the most money on products.

        • Kat

          I make my own products. Cheap and easy.

          • Junegirl627

            I just started doing that

            • Kat

              It’s sorta fun..lol

          • lkeke35

            Ooh, you got tips, or a YouTube rec? I would love to do that.

            • Kat

              My hair is loc’d so my care isn’t going to be the same as others. I do a cowash every two weeks with As I Am cowash. It’s cheap and works. I do maintenance with Aloe gel only. I apply grapeseed oil mixed with an essential oil of my choice and a dash of vitamin E oil. I’ve been using peppermint and coconut oil for the last year or so. I buy small samples essential oil kits to explore with. Next up is lemon grass or sweet orange. I hate lavender, smells like hot azz to me. I like Carols Daughter Vanilla oil she has out but I could replicate it if spent 5mins in my bathroom.

              On my body I use a combination of grapeseed, coconut and musk oil. It’s light and fits me. I’m scent sensitive.

              I live by the motto of what goes in my hair stays in my hair, so I keep it simple.

              • lkeke35

                Thank you! I already have some favorite oils in mind for myself, too.

        • Notstatusquo

          It’s my understanding that our rigorous grooming habits dates back to our time in Africa. It’s not a sign of insecurity but simply impeccable grooming traditions. Black Africans taught the Europeans about properly bathing and grooming which saved their lives. They were infested with lice (powdered wigs), losing teeth and dying off because of diseases they were spreading amongst each other because of their infrequent bathing & grooming habits.

          • KNeale

            That might be part of it but not the full story. Its internalized messages about our worth/cleanliness. For example specifically for black women, we consume the most feminine wash products, we consume the most talcum powders (leading to lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson you should go read about), and we consume the most hair texture altering products. That stuff has nothing to do with Africa and everything to do with meeting white patriarchal standards of beauty and cleanliness. And all these things are bad for our health. I think now that we have more investment in natural/organic products and lifestyles its getting better but as of now thats still a minority of consumers.

            • Namia

              Doubt any one who trying to be clean is trying to reach up to white standards….from my research they are not know for there hygiene

              • KNeale

                They are not known for their intelligence either and yet they set the standards for who is considered intelligent. Because they have most power in society.

  • Jennifer

    Ah! This takes me back to my performance days. They never knew what to do with my hair or makeup. No one else in the room had to do their ish…and this was just community, low-level, and college stuff.

    Comedian Nicole Byer wrote a great piece about Black women in Hollywood and makeup recently.

    http://www.lennyletter.com/style/a801/comedian-nicole-byer-goes-off-on-makeup-artists-who-cant-work-with-actors-of-color/ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c5e495e65148b716ef6403901afe2940bb546ec771252874c7fa41dc9607110f.jpg

    • LilMissSideEye

      It drives me crazy that this happens on professional TV/film sets. You are the makeup department. It is your job. The cast is on the call sheet — do a quick Google and then send either your assistant or a PA to the all-night CVS to raid their supply of Black Radiance. Hair department? Get your YouTube University on. You know what look your director wants — learn how to do it. It’s your job; stop sucking at it because you don’t know how black people work.

  • Lamar Latrell
    • Lol @ never forget

    • Michelle is my First Lady

      My heart still sinks every time she pulls her hair in that ponytail.

    • Just watching this mess is painful

  • https://bossip.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/screen-shot-2016-08-04-at-5-05-58-pm.png?w=700

    Why do we think that white folks will do right by our edges? See past examples… If you don’t have a black mama- YOU CAN’T DO SHYT TO MY HEAD…NOT EVEN LOOK AT IT!

    • Brown Rose

      Wait a minute Negra. Are you saying that her hair was perfectly coiffed on my left and that they effed up her hair that bad? Jeezus.

      • UrbanNortheast

        Yes – that’s a still from the Today Show. The right is the “after.” LORD, they did her so wrong.

        • Mary Burrell

          But the stylist got such a dragging she had to admit she didn’t know what she was doing. And all was forgiven but she never should’ve attempted to know black hair because the sister had a cute style and that sister had to come out with her head looking like a rat’s nest. I was angry about that.

      • YES!!!

        • Brown Rose

          Holy H8ll. I never seen that before. That is a freaking tragedy. A g*ddamn tragedy.

      • zahidsmom

        You must watch how this happened. It’s utterly disgraceful. https://youtu.be/qKigcwVzvpY

        • Brown Rose

          Man. It makes me run to my mom’s house and pull out the old hot comb and tell her to use that instead of wahteverthehell she’s doing to turn her into a pickanny.

        • ValerieTheTenderoni

          Why she grabbing her hair so hard?

        • AKA The Sauce

          Think about the check

      • If you run the video backwards, she ends up really great, lol

      • TheUnsungStoryteller

        Yes…that’s exactly what happened.

      • Mary Burrell

        Yeah they did that mes ?

    • Jennifer
    • Asano Sokato

      Two things: She’s Indian; and she has contritely apologized many times.

      The model, Malyia McNaughton, said

      She keeps apologizing, but I totally understand the pressure that she was under, and I’m grateful for the fact that she wanted to be inclusive, and because the natural-hair movement is such a large segment

      I think people need to look at that angle as opposed to completely bashing her, because I feel like that closes the door for future opportunities. She will probably never work with a natural-hair model again, in regards to hair, and I think that that’s unfortunate, because that’s what we’re fighting against as both women of color

      It was a teachable moment that, for once, actually taught.

      • Indian, White.. who cares?… if you call yourself an “expert” and you are on National TV… your ayus better be an expert. She got a fat check to make that women look like a clown on TV… She doesn’t need understanding. She needs to perfect her dayum craft.

        • Brown Rose

          Thank you.

        • TheUnsungStoryteller

          RIGHT!!!!

        • Stop making excuses for these broads and let em know we aren’t to be trifled with.

        • KNeale

          She did a video with black hairstylist where they tell her what she did wrong and I thought it was perfect. She’s absolved in my opinion. Lol. Because she sincerely apologized and has made an effort to learn. And her being billed as an “expert” is not her doing alone. Black hair is still seen as niche and a subcategory by the industry, by cosmetology schools, by manufactures od products etc. That not her culture so she wouldn’t go out of her way to learn until she was somehow moved to do so because the only one thinking bout us is us. Which is what happened and so she did.

        • Kat

          Say it again. You on there cause you supposed to be the best.

      • Brown Rose

        She may be Indian but they loathe us even though they open a lot of beauty supply in our area to sell products at us. She came on TV like she knew how to manage natural hair and instead turned perfectly styled head into a birds nest.

        • Mary Burrell

          Let the doors to the church now be opened. There is so much truth in your statement. They hate us but want to start businesses in our communities. In my city there is this very woke and social justice church and pastor who was speaking on this very thing.

          • Brown Rose

            Many types of Asian cultures do this. Chinese restaurants, Indian, Muslim/Arab, Vietnamese. They despise us yet they always open up in our neighborhoods. There are a lot more poor/working class white neighborhoods as they are the majority. Why don’t they open them in those neighborhoods.

            • Mary Burrell

              I have always asked this question

            • RIGHT!

          • Namia

            Which is “wasted despise” are those words?..cause where i come from no body is looking to them for much…esp chinese, Indian , ..Vietnamese and once u live with in them..you develop a rich disgust too

        • WHY ARE BLACK FOLKS SO QUICK TO HAND OUT PASSES!!!!!?!?!?!

          Her being Indian changes nothing. NUTHIIIIING. They don’t care about black folk just like white people don’t care about black folk.

          Ugh.

          • Brown Rose

            Exactly. POC is a huge misnomer. Our histories and experiences are markedly different.

      • ValerieTheTenderoni

        If they wanted to be “inclusive” there are plenty of black natural hair gurus on Youtube that know our hair that they could’ve contacted.

      • NonyaB?

        “It was a teachable moment that, for once, actually taught.”
        Yep, it was Miss NoStyling’s turn for she-gon-learn-tahday, which she did.

        “She will probably never work with a natural-hair model again, in regards to hair”
        Not a problem, especially if it means a knowledgeable Black stylist is used instead.

      • Blue Skies Bring Tears

        Wow. The model is amazingly magnanimous.

    • miss t-lee

      This was the gold standard of f*ckery.
      Wasn’t nothing wrong with her hair in the first place.

      • ValerieTheTenderoni

        Exactly I like her hair before!

        • miss t-lee

          Yup!

      • Brown Rose

        Absolutely none. Thick, healthy. What more did they want.

        • miss t-lee

          If anything they could’ve done an very simple up-do, but really it didn’t need to be touched at all.

    • TheUnsungStoryteller

      I will never forget that foolery of a segment. That was tragic to watch. I felt sorry for the black woman involved.

    • KB

      I remember this. Poor soul, I know she wanted to straight stab the chick who caused this monstrosity.

  • Soul Glo Model

    Eh…I kinda dig the “chex so good I said F the head wrap” look. I also find it laughable that we are still astounded at the various ways wyte folks will inevitably wyte sh*t up.

    That being said; I believe my novice a** could take care of those baby hairs better than that.

    Maybe I need to open a shop?

  • Kinda like when celebs first adopt Black kids. Hair straight effed up.

    • LilMissSideEye

      Hands down the greatest thing Grey’s Anatomy ever did was a bit in one episode where Bailey sat McDreamy down and taught him how to do his adopted black daughter’s hair, because she was not about to let that baby walk around looking like nobody loved her enough buy some Pink Lotion

      It was essentially a PSA to white parents of black kids across America.

      • UrbanNortheast

        W. Kamau Bell has a bit about his White wife learning about Black hair care before their first daughter was born. It’s how I learned that the site chocolatehairvanillacare.com exists.

        • miss t-lee

          Oh yeah…her site was one of the first ones I’d seen where a white lady was slaying some hair. Kudos to her.

      • miss t-lee

        Yup!!! I loved that!

  • Jennifer

    …and Vanity Fair is pseunonymous for this!!!! Every time they have an Oscar or award season edition, they always do our women dirty.

    Viola and Lupita are naturally beautiful — don’t get me wrong. But, the rest of the actresses in this issue got to be Hollywood sirens and they went earth mother on our stars. I doubt they even touched their hair.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d57f6c41387a2e50eac37c5d99094741950abab00711ed6b861682da6425be45.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d8a7c8636ae07c42ff2ccbf6bff83ee240651bf80d17d2e4af210074248e1b11.jpg

    • Michelle is my First Lady

      They always do that to Viola though. They always turn her into the most homely looking woman ever.

      • And that women is GORGEOUS!

        • miss t-lee

          So, so gorgeous.

        • Michelle is my First Lady

          Striking!

      • Freebird

        I’m a fan of hers but I wonder why she let’s them.

    • Brown Rose

      Its intentional. Its not about hair. They don’t want the Black actresses to outshine em.

      • BrownKitty289

        ^^^^^^THISSSSS^^^^^^^

      • Mary Burrell

        I hate to say it and I like to give them the benefit of the doubt but they always seem to have an agenda.

    • NomadaNare

      I kinda dig these looks though…..

      • Not for Vanity Fair.

        • miss t-lee

          Definitely not for VF.

        • NomadaNare

          Fair didnt consider the medium like that

          Where would you put this

          • I would put it in Essence for an “naked and exposed” type editorial…

      • Jennifer

        I would too if Annie Leibowitz had styled the other women look in a similar way. But, nah.

    • ValerieTheTenderoni

      Voila looks tired and in this pic you can’t really see her face. Love Lupita and Voila but I agree, it’s a setup.

    • They agreed to this!!!

      I would have been like, “Naw Bytch… I want glitter and sprinkles..FOH! ”

      I’m on the cover of Vanity Fair and this is what y’all came up with? They can kiss every part of my ayus.

    • Mary Burrell

      Yeah I remember that it grinded my gears too.

    • Mary Burrell

      Even though they are beautiful black women Vanity Fair is dirty for this.

    • MsSula

      I actually like Lupita’s hair. That’s how I wear mine on the regular.

      • Jennifer

        That’s how my hair looks as we speak. It’s not the hair hough. It’s the difference in tone of those shots that bugs me.

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