They Were Ashamed Of Their Unusual Hair, But Now They’re Famous For It.
Black women have been taught throughout history that straight or wavy hair is the most beautiful. It's an endless battle for women of colour who choose to follow fashion trends; colouring their hair or adding extensions. They are heavily criticized for not embracing their roots. While women who grow their afros out are viewed as angry, even militant, not willing to fit into the norm.
For black communities in the United States, hair is more than just a fashion statement; it is accepting its natural state, colour, and texture, despite what mainstream says. Twin sisters Cipriana Quann and TK Wonder, have taken a stand; letting their hair grow naturally long. Their stunning manes have made them Instagram and blogging darlings who dare to go against the notion of what beautiful hair is supposed to look like.
Takenya aka TK Wonder is a songwriter and singer while Cipriana Quann is the co-founder and editor in chief of Urban Bush Babes. TK Wonder later joined her sister to work in UBB while continuing her music career.
The twins want to encourage women of colour to be themselves and embrace their beauty. Still, it's not just about hair.
"I think natural hair is a good central point, but it doesn’t revolve all around hair. It’s really more based on the person rather than just on the hair. I am more than just my hair," Cipriana told Cosmopolitan.
Cipriana has been growing her hair long for the last nine years. She had a career as a model and felt her hair seemed to be a point of contention in the fashion world.
"I was modelling for almost a decade and the only issue that I had in the modelling world had to do with my hair," Cipriana recalls. "My hair is afro-textured; I don’t have a defined curl. I was beginning to actually hate my hair and seeing it as a huge obstacle."
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