In the Vogue piece they talked about their twin connection saying that they felt sometimes that they have three minds, one each and then one that is mutual between them both.
The girls also talked a little bit about the natural hair community in Sweden, mentioning that it is definitely up and coming. They attribute its growing popularity to fact there is very minimal black representation there and that most of the ‘stuff’ that surrounds natural hair is pretty much a grass roots movement linked to social media.
The minimal representation of black people in parallel with a distinct beauty norm has resulted in us barely even knowing what to do with our own hair.
Although the community has been growing a lot recently—much due to a forum on Facebook called “Afrotalk,” created by Sofie Bariamikael. People share their hairstyles, tips, products, questions, et cetera. It’s a grassroots movement. We love it.
The girls also mentioned the women that they admire, which includes the Quann sisters, Willow Smith and like many of us they like Zendaya and were particularly impressed with how gracefully Zendaya handled the backlash she received about her own faux locs earlier this year.
This year we saw the whole controversy surrounding Zendaya’s dreadlocks at the Academy Awards, and she handled the backlash beautifully.
Have you ever experienced any backlash towards your locks, and if so, how did you handle it?
Locks, as well as many black hairstyles and even hair types, are often stigmatized and deemed unsophisticated. To break free from this, to embrace one’s natural hair is to embrace one’s individuality. Beauty and power lies there.
To be honest we are proud of these girls, they are very creative and it isn’t often that you hear about the natural hair movement in other Northern countries so it was refreshing to read their piece.
In addition to that we have to mention that Vogue isn’t known for this type of expression (if I can call it that), they tend to touch the natural hair movement only from the perspective of women who typically do not have afro textured hair.
How many times have you seen an article about women with locs in Vogue? This was my first time, and they handled it well if you ask me, they still have some growing to do but this was a great addition to the conversation.
Pretty soon we might see some women within our own shores who are not the typical celebrity featured in Vogue in all their natural glory . If you want to learn more about Elizabeth and Victoria, read the full article here.