Embracing Culture and Beauty In Calgary

Four Calgary women with diverse ethnic heritages reflect on how culture and beauty intersect and why embracing who you are sometimes starts from the outside in.



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Flight attendant, doula, yoga teacher.

“My dad is Caribbean and my mom is white Canadian. The best term to describe who I am is bi-racial. From a very early age, my hair was a problem — as a child I didn’t want to stand out, I wanted the flowing locks of my classmates. So every four to six weeks I got it chemically processed.

"In my 20s I realized that my hair practices weren’t in line with how I wanted to live. It was a huge transition. I did a lot of research online about curls and patterns and natural products. I learned that black hair is beautiful and versatile. I can wear it braided or cornrowed or twisted. Choosing to wear my hair in its natural state comes back to that place of deep self-acceptance. When you’re at peace and in love with your ancestry, it shows.”

Up next: Nazifa Rahman

This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.

 


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