These days women in the public eye are choosing to wear their natural hair even despite attempts at getting them to do so for fear of public scrutiny. The fact that black women have to be weary of their own naturally growing hair in 2016 is a true testament to level of ignorance in this world we live in.
This past weekend, a new Miss America was crowned during the annual pageant and Miss Cierra Jackson who did not take the over all crown made the news because she chose to wear her natural hair even when people advised her not to.
Cierra won a scholarship of $1000 and was crowned lifestyle and fitness preliminary winner in the swimsuit competion. She styled her own hair for the competition and did not allow her curls to be a hindrance but allowed them to make her stand out.
This is what she said:
“I’ve had so many people tell me that I shouldn’t wear my hair naturally curly on stage, but there is a purpose behind that vision,” she said during a Ledger-Enquirer interview. “It’s to show people that you can still be successful, you can still be amazingly talented and still reach all of your goals. I think that’s a universal message that anyone can grab on to and hold on to in their lives… I’ve been so blessed that the Miss District of Columbia Board has been so open to allowing me to express myself in that way and embraced me choosing to present myself in an authentic way… I know that it happened this way because God destined it to be this way.”
Jackson continued: “I’ve been so blessed that the Miss District of Columbia Board has been so open to allowing me to express myself in that way and embraced me choosing to present myself in an authentic way. I know that it happened this way because God destined it to be this way.”
Good job Cierra, gone are the days when black girls hide their curls, kudos to you for doing exactly what you wanted!–So proud of you