Usu­al­ly when I’m doing a post that involves a black actress and a main­stream mag­a­zine, it’s to call out some f*ckery, so I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised by Elle Magazine’s recent ‘braids makeover’ of actress Zazie Beetz.

Zaazie Beetz is one of my per­son­al hair idols (in addi­tion to bell hooks) because her tex­ture is close to mine, and she, like me, is a fan of the unde­fined look. Plus Atlanta is one of my favorite shows…

Elle enlist­ed the exper­tise of Bronx-based Puer­to Rican braider Guin­gui for a gor­geous look that is half sin­gle braids and half corn­rows. The style is absolute­ly gor­geous and it’s refresh­ing to see a main­stream mag­a­zine doing braids on a black woman. Instead of the usu­al approach — put braids on a white women and declare them a new and sud­den trend.


Ladies, what do you think of the style?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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8 Comments on "[Video] Elle Magazine’s Braids Makeover of Atlanta Actress Zazie Beetz is Actually Pretty Dope"

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mercedes matz

Love this look!


That was awe­some! I real­ly liked the look!


What a pleas­ant sur­prise from Elle!

Love it!




mad dope


I love it!


I love this style!

Leila: just stopped by to say I love the new lay­out and that you have decid­ed to author more of the posts. Great con­tent, keep it up! <3