"Black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better."— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) March 9, 2019
Olivia Anakwe is not having it! https://t.co/fdnY0F0JX3
• Model Olivia Anakwe took to instagram to share her experience at Paris Fashion Week.
• "If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style[...] No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others?"
• Teen Vogue tweeted an article they posted and black actors chimed in with their experiences.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, The Get Down)
100% of Black Actor/Actress I've spoken to on this topic face the same thing in film and television. Hair Stylists in our industry should have proper training, AND be able to show proof. Too often they begin to "figure it out" the second we sit in the chair. https://t.co/qf662oqA8d— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) March 9, 2019
Malcolm Barrett (Preacher, Timeless)
Often as a Black actor, on a mostly White show, you have to ask specifically if the hair person does Black hair...— Verbal The Rapper (@malcolmbarrett) March 10, 2019
Which you’re pro’ly only doing if you have some type of status...
So that’s why sometimes you see a Black actor’s hair be looking fucked up.
Yvette Nicole Brown (Talking Dead, Community)
Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019
#ActingWhileBlack Makeup & Hair in one bag. The other bags are filled with clothes because some wardrobe stylists don’t know that cute clothes exist in sizes larger than size 10. “Here try on this mumu, I know it’s a little big, we’ll just belt it!” #ActingWhileBlackAndChubby https://t.co/gl3b64Omtj— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019
Gabourey Sidibe (American Horror Story, Empire)
If they don’t have the budget to hire a black hairstylist for me, or won’t, I just get the director to agree that my character should have box braids or senegalese twist.— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) March 11, 2019
Natasha Rothwell (Insecure)
PSA: If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair. Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 11, 2019
Congratulations on advancing to the next level of inclusion! https://t.co/A1Q9ZpvXmH
Gabrielle Union (Bring It On, Two Can Play That Game)
Important Thread! 👇🏾 What alot of non-industry folks don't realize is that u can't just use ur normal hairstylists/barbers/makeup artists on a union job (most jobs are union) Those artists HAVE to be IN THE UNION & getting them in has NEVER been easy or smooth. Ever. Like never. https://t.co/vBMFla2cQ2— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) March 11, 2019
The pressure to "just be happy they picked you & you got a job, don't ask for the SAME things every other actor/model gets on GP..." Listen, if u stay quiet, u WILL have bald spots, hair damage, look NUTS (tho they will tell u its cuuuuuuuuute 🥴) https://t.co/vBMFla2cQ2— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) March 11, 2019
SOURCES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Natural hair post?