Perfectly spherical or haphazardly freeform, TWA or big enough to block out the sun. Coily, curly, kinky, zig-zaggy, fabulous and beautiful natural hair is EVERYWHERE. When that Simon Doonan piece about afros being a trend came out, it only made me laugh. Afros never ever really went away, and now they’re more popular than ever! Natural hair is celebrated all over the internet, and now photographer Michael July is sharing some of his most stunning natural hair photos in his book, AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair. Behold.
These images are glorious. Lush.
They are different and fresh.
They are beautiful.
Although mainstream media persists in labeling natural hair a “trend,” (see this NY Mag piece on Michael July for more of that typical afro-as-trend talk), that’s not what AFROS is about.
“I was inspired to photograph and create the book because I was influenced by the greatness of my heroes who wore their hair natural in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, as well as the men and women who proudly do so in our communities today. Natural hair represents versatility, beauty and self-pride. I’m honored by the overwhelming response that “AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair” is receiving and hope it continues to inspire for years and years to come!” says Michael July.
I haven’t yet thumbed the pages, but I’ve seen many of July’s images, and I’m loving everything about this book so far. It’s truly a project about the people, supported by the people – this book gained support and steam via Kickstarter, many of you might remember. And now everything’s coming to beautiful fruition. The official AFROS book release event takes place tomorrow, July 26th in NYC. The book will be available for sale via Amazon in August – stay tuned for an exact date! And even though we won’t be able to attend the sure-to-be-fabulous event in NYC, we can still celebrate the gloriousness of this book right here on Afrobella.
I’m giving away (1) autographed copy of AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair by Michael July. It’s 450 pages of natural hair power in a beautiful coffee table book format!
How can you enter, how can you win?
#1 – you have to live within the United States.
#2 – you have to leave a comment on this post, about your own afro. What do you celebrate about your afro?
A winner will be chosen at random and I’ll close these comments next Wednesday. Happy Friday, bellas!