I love fashion. And I mean obviously, I love my $9 boots from Forever 21 as much as the next girl, but what I really mean is the fashion industry. I love haute couture and fashion houses. I enjoy watching runway shows in my spare time. Studying how fashion imitates architecture and other art forms to create its’ own,. I always have. However I haven’t always loved the monolithic approach to black women that the industry employs.
Now I hate to seem like a negative Nancy, (I actually have a very positive of a runway show I recently watched being cooked up). However, I haven’t seen this said elsewhere and it needs to be said, so here it is: the majority of dark skinned black women in fashion have the shortest hair. There it is, I said it. You’ve seen it, I’ve seen it, we have all seen it at least once in our lives.Think about the very last time you opened a print magazine or the last time you saw a dark skin black woman in fashion in general. She most likely had a gorgeous, healthy, 4c, fade. Now that is in no way meant to be comedic, but to emphasize that this problem is as incredulous as I’ve just described it.
Now, let me say that I do love seeing dark skin models from all over the world. That is one thing that I will always commend the industry on. I have never had a shortage of British, Australian, African, American and so on, dark skin models that I may not have seen otherwise. This shows that dark skin women are internationally beautiful, because we are. But, when majority of these women have the same hair style, that is where I find fault.How is it that you scrounge the entire globe for dark skin black women, yet a solid 80% percent of them have the same hair type, length, and cut?