The story behind the video of the Moroccan dress that went viral is truly a red line in my life. Going natural, publishing the book and developing my website Going-Natural.com, literally brought me places. Not only was my message well received, it created unimaginable opportunities and allowed me to travel places I may have otherwise never seen.
Being multi-racial, Chez Jizzou wanted to produce clothes and fashion from their background at an affordable price, also living in Africa makes that possible.
My business and products are special in that they are Liberian-inspired. The fabric differs from that of the Kente fabric that many other African designers use. In addition, I create a niche product: Christmas stockings made using African fabric. The handbags I make are original designs (no patterns were used), and the African curl custard is made with all natural ingredients. I use a special process that allows me to use natural oils and butter without the product having an oil-like consistency.
As an advocate for natural hair, who takes pictures to promote natural hairstyling, I became an early fan of America’s Next Top Model. Not only was the show fun to watch, the shoots, the feedback and especially Tyra’s tips were always incredibly useful.
For this shoot I was inspired by the beautiful natural atmosphere of Nature. I styled my hair in a unique style that makes a statement for any occasion.
- Apply the Curly Twist Out Hair Milk to clean hair and plait the hair into 2 plaits.
- When 80% dry, gently comb the hair out with a wide-toothed comb.
- Part the hair into three sections and secure the sections with scrunchies.
- Use bobby pins to pin the sections into buns and touch up any frizzy sections with Herbal Style Gel.
As an advocate for natural hair, who takes pictures to promote natural hairstyling, I became an early fan of America’s Next Top Model. Not only is the show fun to watch, the shoots, the feedback and especially Tyra’s tips are always incredibly useful for anyone who takes photos.
Then I happened to see the Tyra show where she interviewed Alek Wek about her book, Sudan and modeling. The two also spoke about the fact that Black models were nearly gone from the catwalk. It didn’t sit right with me either that Black models were “out”.
The next day while browsing nappturality.com, the most inspiring discussion board for natural women, owned and managed by Patricia Gaines, I got the idea to start Miss Nappturality; a pageant in search of America’s Next Natural Model to promote Black models and natural hair at the same time.
It wasn’t easy but with my own limited budget, I redesigned going-natual.com, shipped out 10 boxes filled with items to be used for the challenges to the models and got the online pageant started.
The tireless hours behind my laptop paid off. I was very happy that not only is the first ever Miss Nappturaliy Tiana Tamara Townsel beautiful, smart and photogenic, she also became miss Black Washington a few months after.
Now I think you agree with me when I say that even though Tiana set a very high standard, the next winners, Teesha Borum and Ebony Clark, managed to take the pageant to an even higher level.
So now I think it’s time for us to do our part and crick up the level even more. Up until now you have voted for your favorite model, now I like you to share with me what you want to see for the next pageant, what you expect of the next winner or even come up with an idea for a challenge. I am all eyes to see what you have to say.
Thanks & Cheers,
On this earth I walk as a woman of African decent and ancient wise-ways. I dance on the currents of the ethereal realm wearing a bold sky-high fro till my heart’s content. Adorned in a hair-glow of honor,
I exemplify the nappy-haired ancient ones. Heads turn, children stare and I smile to myself as I recall the sistahs who wore the fros like flags for African pride, justice, equality and liberation.
Respect to Angela Davis.Later, Diana Ross, Pam Grier, Cicely Tyson, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu and all of my contemporary, coily reflections would wear the crown. My afro is quite the beauty accessory I choose lately.Black is beautiful. Heads nod and heads bow, contemplating advancement for the black collective. Through our eyes, we acknowledge similar interest, shared values, culture, blessings and Hetep-peace. We embrace images of self and kind, ancient reflections, nine ether beings. Call out to our ancestors, we remember, we recall. I stand strong, the woman with the essence of wind, lavender, lemongrass and sage in her hair.
I harness the moon and enjoy the best of both worlds, floating into the coming seasons with my divine connection to the spirit world, linking me to the seen and unseen. At my choosing, I’m veiled in waist length locs scented with the tantalizing fragrances of ylang-ylang and sandalwood. I wear an Ankh necklace and ring. Many gifts of sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones are interwoven with artistic grace in my locs, to protect and re-charge my crown. I pay eternal homage to the ancient ones, lovingly representing ‘happy to be nappy’ with deep passion, open acceptance and self and pride.They told me I was made in Khamet from jasmine flowers, yellow, turquoise and the greens of spring and summer. I remember, I recall, my nappy coils, casting a spell of electromagnetic love way back then. My nappy hair, my locs, my afro, looking just like they come out of Africa…. Some say my kinky, natural hair is not sensual nor is it in style. I answer saying, I love my hair and that’s the truth. My hair is of the guardian NU, homage to you O sacred one. I love my beautiful hair, to tell you the truth!
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Best thing about locs:
Freedom and relaxed with myself
Being misunderstood, profiled.
Cheryl Samuels Smith
Clerical Associate – Jamaica, NY
Loced since 2001
Easier for me
Best thing about locs:
Like the way I look and feel, Easy maintenance
Until I was introduced to Yendys, finding a good loctitian.
India.Arie, Yendys Nefer-Atum, Friends
April A. glasgow
LPN – Brooklyn, NY
Loced since 2004
Influenced by Family and friends
Best thing about locs:
I feel beautiful, powerful and
Misunderstood: people think my hair is dirty.
At a certain point all the women in
my life cut their hair and wear a mini afro. So my inspiration comes from my grandmother, mother, aunts and cousin.
I feel closer to my roots and where my family came from.
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