The reason ? The blanket an English women's magazine on which she appears retouched. In this case, it’s half of her hair - and more precisely the part curly - who has disappeared.View this post on Instagram
As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky , coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh
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which we could translate by:
“As I have often emphasized in the past, from the bottom of my being, I am proud of my natural heritage and even if I grew up thinking that fair skin and smooth, silky hair were standards of beauty , I now know that my black skin and frizzy hair are beautiful too. I’m happy to be on the cover of a magazine because it gives me the opportunity to show those with dark skin and frizzy hair, and especially our children, that they are beautiful as they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on this cover, then touched up and flattened my hair to match their idea of what beautiful hair is. If I had been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot encourage or tolerate the omission of what is my natural heritage, with the intention of making them take stock of the long road that remains to be covered. put an end to unconscious prejudices against the complexion of black women, the texture of their hair and their hairstyle. #dtmh "
(#DTMH means Don’t touch my hair, "don't touch my hair". This is a hashtag used by singer Solange Knowles when she experienced the same disappointment on the cover of a magazine.)
The English edition of the magazine Grazia has issued an apology via his Twitter account.
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