Mixing beauty and feminism is a powerful task – one that author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie champions proudly. Though becoming a household name after being featured in Beyoncé’s Lemonade, she has been on the forefront of women empowerment for years. She has also been very clear we can be fashionable and a frontrunner at the same damn time.
In recent interview with The Cut, the newly named face of Boots No. 7 Makeup, gives a dose of Black girl realness as she talks beauty, her personal relationship with hair — going from “utter frustration” to celebrating her “glorious” kinks — and that she (like most of us) is still searching for the perfect moisturizer
On her relationship with her hair:
I don’t think we have enough time to talk about this. It’s interesting because I can say very excitedly now that I absolutely love my hair and I wouldn’t change it. But, it’s a relationship that has its ups and downs. There are times when I just don’t have the time for my hair and I let it be a matted mess. And there are times when I think of my hair as this glorious gift from God in all of its kinkiness. There are times when it’s frustrating and I go through a phase of having such a difficult time keeping the damn hair moisturized — it’s utter frustration. And there are other times when I’m having a really good day with my hair. I’m still looking for the perfect hair moisturizer.
On how hair is the perfect metaphor for race in America:
Hair is something we see, but we don’t understand what’s behind it, kind of like race. It’s the same way that something seems obvious, but it is really complicated and complex. For example, to see a middle-aged white woman who has highlights is not something everyone in the world necessarily understands, especially if it’s because she struggles to cover her grays. Or if you’re a black women, sometimes the way that your hair grows from your head isn’t considered “professional” by people who don’t know black hair. I don’t think it’s that people are malicious, I think it’s just some people don’t know what the hair that grows from the head of black women actually looks like.
Read the full interview here.