Tyra Banks is beautiful. Tyra Banks is ambitious. When Tyra Banks gets on a topic, she gets down into it and involves herself in a way that few other models-turned-talkshow hosts do.
So when I read that Tyra was declaring September 8 National Real Hair Day just in time for the new season of The Tyra Banks Show, I was overcome by a simultaneous wave of delight, concern, and skepticism.
Delight because YAY, Tyra’s going to ditch the three yards of weave that’s become her trademark and make natural hair the main focus of her show’s season premiere!
Concern because well, I’ve watched Tyra’s show before and let’s just say she takes on issues in a way which I wouldn’t go about it myself. If you’ve watched, you know what I mean.
Skepticism because National Real Hair Day is every day, and has been every day for many afrobellas around the world, long before Tyra came up with this promotional idea for her program.
“Tyra said, “This season on The Tyra Show we’re taking it to the next level and getting more real than ever before by encouraging women everywhere to own and rock what they’ve got and be proud! For the Season 5 premiere, I will be doing just that – no fake hair, I’m rocking my REAL hair. This will all be going down on September 8, 2009, which we’re declaring National Real Hair Day! We welcome everyone to go natural with me!”
I’m gonna watch and liveblog September 8th because that’s what I signed on for when I took on the mantle of Afrobella. But Tyra – I’ll also be watching September 9th. And 10th. Is this just a look-at-me one day thing? Or will it be for real? We’ll have to wait and see.
Will you watch Tyra’s celebration of natural hair? What are your thoughts?
— This is also posted here on BV Hair Talk.