Why We Keep Talking about Curly Hair
Because many people consciously or unconsciously equate straight hair with professionalism.
Because much of the fall-out from this unconscious expectation falls on women of color (of many colors) who cannot or choose not to straighten their hair.
Because as fellow Princeton alumna Esther Breger noted last year in The New Republic, being a woman with a "hardened exterior, professional ambition, and need for control" means (on television) having straight hair and being "sleek and subdued."
What do strong, ambitious, controlled women look like when they have curly hair?
How have our imaginations been narrowed over the year by seeing only images of authoritative, striking women with straight hair (who are predominately white and of European descent)?
This is what we wonder, and so this is why we celebrate images like the ones below.
Images from the Instagram (@ladypriests).
Top row: @anglicandioto, Leigh Kern & Maggie Helwig; @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y, Tracy Chapman; @classyyafricans; @leoillustrated.
Bottom row: @nytimesfashion, @urlocalplantmom via @mfaboston; @wmag; @thesartorialist.