On August 17 we started the celebration of the 15th anniversary of going-natural.com! As the longest running natural hair blog, I choose to start with a hair and fashion show to give homage to the stylists, loctitians and braiders who kept our follicles, happy, healthy and stylish, long before natural hair became an online sensation. Without them there wouldn’t be a going-natural.com, natural hair youtubers or influencers.
The fashion part of the show was to officially launch WhatNaturalsLove.com, going-natural’s new marketplace for natural hair, Black beauty and Diaspora fashion. WhatNaturalsLove.com was the largest fashion and giveaway sponsor.
Veronique Jeroe, a descendant from the maroons in Suriname, opened the show with a traditional belly dance named the Banamba. It is the dance that allowed enslaved to start maroon communities in Suriname. During slavery the Banamba was performed by women to distract plantation owners so that enslaved men could flee with tools and food into the jungles.
As far as I know, we created history as it was the first time that this dance from Suriname was ever performed on a stage in the US. What a great opening it was. The stage was literally set to start the show.
It was a colorful spectacle created by five natural hairstylists, 18 models who graced the big stage on Tompkins ave entertaining an admiring TamaFest crowd.
A celebration is not complete without giveaways. So naturally during the show there were a few giveaways; the Moroccan Magic dress, the best selling dress on the web and a satin bonnet.
A beautiful sexy bonnet is about every woman’s dream and probably also many men’s. Two models Moreen and Veronique demonstrated live on the catwalk that you can look cute wearing a satin bonnet. So in the hope that it’s the end of elastic shower cap looking bonnets, I choose this as a giveaway.
For now I hope you enjoy the pictures. Please join the celebration. by liking, commenting and sharing your favorite shots to spread the joy. The pictures are a courtesy of Tama fest.
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Debra Hare-Bey Private Parlour At Omhh
Brooklyn and Philly
Naturally Beautiful Hair Care
Amber Jade Hare-Bey @mommyempowered
Models: Moreen Dors (International model from Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Dawn Rowe, Herlema Owens, Michelle, Amanda, Dyme Smith (Owner of Jaded Braids), Chanice Vance, Natiesha, Krystal Francis, Nijah,
Trish, Khaelle Pierre, Aissata Bocoum, Vernonique, Racheal Shaw, Lovelin Morfaw, Angelica, Amber-Jade, Mitch El-Previon