On socia media, we’re talking about the images that have been circulating of this little girl’s natural 4c hair. She’s a model in an H&M campaign which featured kids of all races with disheveled after school hair.
For a full explainer, I favor this article by Ashley Reese of Jezebel
I find the conversation fascinating. But I still have questions.
Are we saying it’s fine for this child to wear her natural 4c hair like this in public?
Or are we saying it’s fine, for now?
Are we telling her that it’s fine because there’s nothing wrong with her 4c hair and the way it looks?
Or are we telling her it’s fine because she’s a child, and because she’s a child who has just come from school?
And so does it go without saying that 4c hair that is not perfectly groomed, just like any other hair type, is nothing for her to be ashamed of?
Or is the implication that this is generally not the norm, and her hair as it appears in this specific context is the exception?
I wonder, on whose head and under what circumstance is hair just like this little girl’s hair fair game for denigration?