Jourdan Dunn’s sporting a glorious fro on the cover of Elle France’s December 2008 issue (thanks to my fashion savior Make Fetch Happen for the head’s up!).
And I gotta ask — what do you see when you see this photo?
Do you see a striking and rare image of a model of color rocking a hair texture that isn’t stick straight?
Do you see an attempt by a mainstream foreign fashion magazine to continue the trend started most recently by Vogue Italia?
Or do you see something else that isn’t as beautiful and inspiring?
Like? Love? Hate? Meh?
I saw this image and I was struck by that crown of hair. I don’t care if it’s real or fake, all hers, or salon-assisted – to me, her fro looks HOT. Fly. She is working it and I love that Elle France put her and that fabulous hair front and center. A magazine cover like that gets an immediate spot on my coffee table.
I see that photo as hair inspiration for bellas who are on the fence about how beautiful their natural hair might be. But some of the comments on Make Fetch Happen were less glowing.
It all made me think about of two recent, brilliant blog posts I read on Racialicious — Nappily Ever After? Not Quite by Latoya Peterson, and Nappy Love: Or how I learned to stop worrying and embrace the kinks by Tami of What Tami Said. Beautiful, brave words written by two bloggers I am so inspired by, about their own experiences and feelings about embracing their natural hair texture. Those posts reminded me that not everyone’s hair journey is the same, but we learn so much along the path. The experiences we have with our natural hair — the response it evokes from others — reveals so much about how we define beauty, as versus how our peers and friends, significant others and families do.
I look at that photo, and I see a baby step in a direction I sincerely applaud. An undeniably stunning model, and a celebration of beauty I can see an almost-reflection of myself in.
What do you see? Do you love it? Or not?