Elle Cana­da pays homage to black hair­styles by fea­tur­ing black mod­els in the Sep­tem­ber 2016  “Nat­ur­al Anthem” Beau­ty Shoot.

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We’ve grown accus­tomed to see­ing news out­lets fea­ture many of these same styles and then cred­it­ing non-black women for the inspi­ra­tion, some­times even  renam­ing the styles and pre­sent­ing them as new:

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Elle Cana­da, thank­ful­ly, is giv­ing cred­it where cred­it is due, and issued the fol­low­ing state­ment  via Insta­gram:

Sep­tem­ber Issue real­ness: I have want­ed to do a shoot like this for a long, long time — a visu­al love let­ter to the girls I grew up with and the women we all have become. Hair is such a huge­ly impor­tant part of our world and I want­ed to cel­e­brate it authen­ti­cal­ly. (P.S. I have worn every hair­style in this shoot at some point in my life. Ban­tu knots is a per­son­al fave).

Meet the models:

MILLY

 

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ON BEING PART OF A SHOOT FOCUSING ON NATURAL HAIR:

“It’s amaz­ing. We are get­ting there; diver­si­ty is what we’re fight­ing for. [We need to do] more things like this.”

ALIISA

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ON BEING A PART OF THIS SHOOT:

I’ve nev­er been in a pho­to shoot where it’s all black peo­ple. Usu­al­ly there is one black per­son and sev­en Cau­casian women. We all come from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and we can share sto­ries togeth­er. And I kind of feel at peace because at oth­er shoots, nobody would talk to each oth­er.

IDIL

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ON BEAUTY IN 2016

I grew up in Toron­to in a pre­dom­i­nant­ly black com­mu­ni­ty. Every­one had my hair…. I think our per­cep­tion of beau­ty is chang­ing. [The accep­tance toward] sizes are chang­ing, heights are chang­ing. The look is chang­ing. It’s real­ly nice to see. It’s good to live in our time.

NARO

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 “My boyfriend is a bar­ber, so he just cuts it for me. I cut it every month or so. I like to keep it short.” [Editor’s note: Naro nat­u­ral­ly keeps her hair shaved.]

KIERA

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ON HER SIGNATURE RED HAIR

My sis­ter has real­ly dark, dark, dark hair. And she’d always be like, ‘Kiera you’re adopt­ed!’ So, I’d cry. Nobody has red hair in my fam­i­ly. And nobody has freck­les either so I was the odd­ball. I nev­er real­ly noticed my tex­ture. I want­ed it dark­er like my sis­ter. But then mod­el­ing hap­pened and then I got used to it. I’ve nev­er coloured my hair ever! When I was younger I was super orange. Now it’s a dark auburn.

CASSANDRA

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ON SELF-ACCEPTANCE

Being mul­ti-racial, I had mixed feel­ings about my hair. When I was real­ly young, I want­ed straight hair and I kind of resent­ed my untamed hair. It was quite fuzzy, and it had a mind of its own. I used to get bul­lied for it a lot. The kids weren’t racist, it was just dif­fer­ent and they didn’t under­stand. I didn’t know how to deal with my hair either, so it wasn’t the best kept. As I grew up and there was more aware­ness of how to do up my hair, I felt more com­fort­able. My hair is some­thing that real­ly launched my career, so I have begun to accept it and like it.

Check out the full shoot here.
Cred­its:

“Nat­ur­al Anthem” was orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in the Sep­tem­ber 2016 issue of ELLE Cana­da. Pho­tographs by Saty + Pratha; Beau­ty direc­tion by Vanes­sa Craft; Hair, Justin Ger­man (P1M.ca); Make­up, Sab­ri­na Rinal­di (P1M.ca); Man­i­cure, Miyu­ki (P1M.ca); Fash­ion direc­tion by Juliana Schi­av­inat­to; Art direc­tion by Brit­tany Eccles. 

I’m a Lip­stick-obsessed Jour­nal­ist and Fash­ion Blog­ger. You can find me over on my blog or youtube chan­nel swatch­ing lip­pies and strut­ting around in 5-inch heels. I’m a also a brand coach, spe­cial­iz­ing in video mar­ket­ing and dig­i­tal brand devel­op­ment. Find me @lisaalamode.

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3 Comments on "ELLE Did a Feature on Bantu Knots, Baby Hair and Other Black Styles… Using Actual Black Models"

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Adía

!I wish Kiera was in col­or instead of black and white

Lina A

Same. It makes no sense for them to go into detail about her auburn hair, and then… do a black and white pho­to. Huh?

In any case, with the name of her agency right there, I found her pro­file rather eas­i­ly, if you are inter­est­ed. She real­ly does have beau­ti­ful hair: http://www.sutherlandmodels.com/modelshow.asp?int_id=100790&category=100069

annabanana2013

A step in the right direc­tion.

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