Posted on 05 June 2012.
Black women are transitioning. They are cutting off their chemically straightened hair and are now embracing their natural kinky Afro texture. As a man, I have no say in the matter, but as an objective observer I just want to highlight the growing movement. My prejudice against weave and chemically prepared hairdos forced me to examine how I feel about this transition with more honesty than ever before.
What I find remarkable about this new trend is the way it’s spreading to black women all over the world. Many are transitioning silently without much fanfare. Some are inspired by friends and family who have forsaken their weave tendencies. What amazes me most is that this is not an angry movement. Women are not saying the movement is to combat Eurocentric ideals of beauty, but rather, this is a movement characterised by self-discovery and acceptance.
Black hair and the black body generally have long been the topic of discussion for most African women. Demonstrating this level of self-acceptance represents a powerful evolution in black female expression. Saying out loud “I’m black and I’m proud” is one thing, believing it is another.
So the transition movement is much more profound and much more powerful, I personally believe it offers great life lessons in self-acceptance for people of all races and genders. As a male, I’m fully behind this revolution. No more weave in the shower, bed or on my clothes!
By Prince Nyandeni
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Posted in Kasi Diaries
Posted on 30 January 2012.
At 16 most girls only dream of being a super model, but for Nyasha Matohondze it’s a reality. It’s barely been two years since she entered the fashion industry but she’s already done stuff that many fail to accomplish in their entire modelling careers.
Nyasha was born in Zimbabwe and moved to London in 2003 to stay with her mother. Her career began in 2009 when she became a finalist at the Elite model look. She rose to fame in 2011 when she was chosen as the face of Louis Vuitton’s autumn/winter 2011 campaign in a lucrative contract deal that would later turn her into a success story.
Nyasha has walked the runway in various fashion weeks for several brands that include Louis Vuitton, Louis Gray, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors to name a few. In 2011 alone she walked a total of 67 shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris; 47 for the spring 2012 season and 20 for the fall. She has also appeared in editorials of some of the most esteemed magazines in the world like Teen Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, W and Numero. Barely a week into the New Year Versace announced that Nyasha was their face of the brand’s pre-fall 2012 campaign.
From where l am standing, Nyasha’s future looks very bright. This goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you come from, your star will shine if you have the talent…well, in this case, the looks.
By Innocent Ndlovu
Posted in Profiles
Posted on 12 July 2011.
I spoke to an educated brother of mine.
We spoke about the future, with marriage being the main topic.
He told me how he would never marry a dark-skinned woman. He said “Never!”
He said he preferred his women light-skinned because it was “more beautiful.”
He did not dismiss cocoa sisters or chocolate women.
But, he just preferred them caramel going on golden.
Astonished at his words, I couldn’t help but find his thoughts primitive for someone so young. His opinion made me reflect on a number of things, myself being one of them, and my grandmother whose hands and neck are a few shades darker than her face being another. Her years of wanting to look as flawless as Cynthia Chaka and as “fair” as Yvonne Chaka Chaka eventually caught up with her. Cheap skin lightening creams ruined her once perfect complexion. Her facial pigmentation has been irreversibly scared by creams sold at every corner in Johannesburg CBD for R20 by Congolese women who use their own faces as an advertising tool. Read the full story
Posted in Kasi Diaries