Apparently, North West is inspiring a generation of natural haired toddlers, who can’t yet, speak, read or make informed decisions, to embrace their natural textures — that is, according to Vogue. (Yes, American Vogue. Yes, we’re serious.) Mmmkay.
From Marie Claire praising Kylie Jenner for rocking “new epic” cornrows, to Mane Addicts calling Bantu knots mini buns, we just can’t catch a break. We being the Black women and girls who have been rocking natural hair for years.
And now, Vogue is trying to bring a baby into their willful obliviousness to what women with natural tresses deal with, and whom the natural community actually looks to for style cues when it comes to kinky and curly hair, even for their children.
The writer probably meant well, but it’s still annoying to read that North West is the new it girl inspiring a “new generation of natural hair girls,” as if having curly hair, or any of the styles we’ve seen Nori rock, when her hair is done, are new. And can I just ask? What would be the other option for the baby? Like, seriously, what is the opposite of natural baby hair? Still haven’t seen a 2 year-old with a perm quite yet…
Here’s a snippet:
I’ve been charmed by the sleek styles that kim and Kanye’s offspring has sported as she sits front row at Fashion Week on her mother’s lap, arriving to ballet class in custom Balmain blazers, or globetrotting to far-flung locales on family trips. Whether a top bun or a comb-over, North’s pint-sized hair styles complement her fashion-forward play clothes, while remaining refreshingly easy and age-appropriate. They’ve established little Nori as a kind of hair icon for a nascent and diverse generation of tots rocking their natural curls with unprecedented flair—among them, my two-year-old niece, Isabel.
So…Nori is a hair icon for rocking styles that have existed for centuries? We and Black Twitter think not. See below;
And of course, we can’t help but wonder how Nori won this title of the darling Blue Ivy who has been chastised for letting her kinky curls blow untamed in the wind. One would argue that if any famous baby is doing it big for the natural movement, Blue certainly holds that title. And while we kind of get where the article was coming from as an attempt to celebrate the hair textures of multi-racial children, “natural” hair as it has been deemed a movement is relatively specific to women who are embracing their otherwise uncelebrated textured curls and coifs. From what we’ve seen of North’s mane thus far, that doesn’t really seem to be her issue.
We’re really missing the days when Anna Wintour would have nothing to do with the Kardashian lot. But since nothing that has happened in the news has made any sense in the last two weeks, we’re just going to shake our damn natural heads and move along.