We’re not the only ones gearing up for a summer of natural hair love (our second-annual issue on the topic comes out this month!), China Anne McClain is, too. Over the past few months, we’ve seen glimpses of her natural hair, usually pre-styling session, or we’ve seen it in a protective style like braids, but typically, she’s known for rockin’ her strands straight. Today, though, China let the world know she’s through with conforming to others’ beauty ideals.
In an Instagram post (and a series of tweets), China shared a photo of herself posted up in a stairwell, afro out and glorious. “Why do we let everyone else tell us what we should look like? How we should dress? How to wear our hair,” she asks. “I’m sick of straitening this magic.”
Now don’t get it twisted, there is absolutely nothing wrong with relaxing your hair. If that’s your style, do you. It only becomes problematic when you’re doing certain things to your hair, your body, your clothes, your makeup, whatever, just because someone else told you that’s how you should look. Because someone threatened you with detention, suspension, or some other punishment.
“I’m a black girl and I’m hella proud,” China continued. “And whether you are black, white, brown, yellow, red, green, or puple, you should be proud too because you’re BEAUTIFUL.”