When a national magazine asked Jayme to write about America’s Next Natural Model, to explain the competition and share her experience as a candidate but moreover as the winner, she wrote this.
It is such amazing feeling to be awarded this honor. It feels great to be a representative of this company and a role model for natural hair as well.
For the last five pictures, I really wanted to represent me. After completing this competition to the end I feel on top of the world which is represented by my pictures on the rooftop.
The ones on the roof and with the pretty wallpaper were also shot by Vanessa Karel. It was amazing to shoot on top of a roof in San Francisco. It was a very liberating experience. In most of these photos I wore my hair in a combed out afro style.
This week’s challenge has been the hardest for me thus far. The kumba out hairstyle did not come out how I had expected it would but, I made it work anyway.
I was really excited for the first challenge of ANNM. What better way to celebrate Black History Month than to honor the hairstyles that paved the way for Black Hair today!
For this challenge I chose to represent my hairstyle choices in a literal sense. I really wanted each picture I took to be representative of the era I was conveying. The first hairstyle I choose was African Braids. Braiding is and has been an integral part of Black and African hair. Our African ancestors used braiding and cornrows to emulate agriculture. That is where we get the word “cornrow” because it resembles a row of planted corn.