When we as women consider going natural, we often feel that we won’t be able to compete with the sleek, ‘it girl’ look. We believe that natural hair makes us ‘unpretty.’ I believe that one of the main reasons we don’t see natural hair as lovely and beautiful is because the media doesn’t portray it that way. However, I think that it’s incredibly important for us to remember that beauty is indeed an abstract quality. Beauty to one person is different to another. For me this competition—and this shoot especially—is an opportunity for me to show the world how beautiful natural hair really is. I absolutely loved this shoot. I feel that I accomplished my goal of illustrating how versatile natural hair really is.