Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Politics of Hair

By Tenisha Mercer

Usually, politics and natural hair don't mix. I mean, political analysts are quick to recommend hairstyles that will supposedly reach a larger audience base. And on-camera or photo hair must be neat, trim and prim. Read: safe.

Natural hair, for the most part, is none f those things, though not always by choice. Well, thank God those "rules" no longer apply after the inauguration party of NYC mayor elect Bill de Blasio on Tuesday night. In fact, natural hair styles were on full display; not a straight hair in sight, unless, if you count Bill's hair.

NYC Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio and his family
Source: Washington Post

Flanked by his wife, Chirlane McCray, who wore long locs banded in a ponytail; his daughter, Chiara, who wore a headband and kinky twists on the verge of locking; and his son, Dante, who wore his trademark fro, this one family is changing the hair dynamic of politics.

They are real people, real folks who wore their real hair. The same way they'd wear it if it was a Friday night in their pajamas. Not some made-for-the cameras, photo shoot approved hair that's all in place. They showed the kinky stuff in all of its hair glory, for the world to see.

This is NYC's first family. No apologies, this is who we are, this is how we choose to wear our hair, nope, not changing for politics. And why shouldn't they be who they are?

 And I couldn't be more proud!

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