by Mara Peoples
July 18, 2017
Photo by Craig Barritt
Thousands of women, men and children with kinks, curls, braids and locks galore, come from far and wide, dressed in the brightest and the boldest multicolored African prints for this year’s celebration of natural hair and beauty. Curlfest is an annual festival of cultural beauty and natural acceptance, that took place this past weekend in Brooklyn, New York.
Check out some of the gorgeous women rocking their naturals with pride!
For years, the standard of beauty hasn’t quite surpassed the average white girl next door. Society’s view has led many people of color to conceal their natural beauty and even change some of their features to align with these skewed standards of beauty. Charisse Higgins, Director of Public Relations for the Curly Girl Collective says, “For decades and years we as people of color have … never felt or been made to feel that we are beautiful the way that we were. We are conditioned to want to have lighter skin or have straighter hair or have lighter eyes.”
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The Curly Girl Collective was started after a friend of one of the directors did “the big chop.” She was looking to get advice on working with her new natural look and created an online group made up of more than 100 members, dedicated to everything black hair care. Higgins, Tracey Coleman, Melody Henderson, Simone Mair and Gia Lowe wanted to take an in-home event to new levels and decided to host a public event under the name Curly Girl Collective. The event featured live big chops and invited black brands to sample other black-owned products. By 2014, Curlfest became an annual event that gets bigger and bigger every summer.
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