With Calvin Klein’s Fall 2017 Ready-To-Wear Show Friday, designer Raf Simons wanted to show off the new face of fashion. And that new face was not one face. The men and women sauntering down the runway represented a wide range of ethnicities, hair textures and body types. Rather than the homogenous approach that we’ve seen in the past, this year’s Calvin Klein show was all about individuality in all of its beautiful forms.
In our safe NaturallyCurly world, where we celebrate coils and kinks on a daily basis, we can lose sight of how society, as a whole, views natural hair. Facebook posts of naturalistas are greeted with thousands of likes and dozens of positive comments. Women are empowered and supported as they transition from relaxers to their natural texture.
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eauty and strength in diversity. For nineteen years, we have represented various and different nationalities and ethnicities. We support inclusiveness, understanding and acceptance of ourselves, and of each other, as the bedrock of who we are and what we do.
I've always been obsessed with entrepreneurs. Ever since my days at journalism school, my favorite interview subjects were entrepreneurs. I'm fascinated by how people take an idea - a need or a passion - and turn it into a business.
Since launching NaturallyCurly.com, 19 years ago, I've had an amazing opportunity to meet so many others who have have helped change this curly world. When I first met Richelieu Dennis at a CurlyNikki Meetup more than six years ago in Atlanta, I knew he was something special.
Periodically, I am asked if I think that texture is now mainstream. Is there even a need for special content about curly hair? It would be easy to look around at all of the curl products on the market now and think that’s the case.
Athletic wear Reebok has a wonderful new campaign that confronts unattainable notions and standards of perfection.
This week, Reebok hosted the #PerfectNever Revolution, an empowering event that challenged hundreds of women from all walks of life to come together through a series of activities including a workout class and a panel discussion. Panelists include Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, actress Lena Dunham, ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza, actress Ruby Rose and actress/musican Zoe Kravitz.
Victoria's Secret is known for going au naturel. Now the brand is going natural as well.
Last year at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York, amid models with the signature beach waves, Angolan model Maria Borges became the first "angel" to walk the runway with her natural hair. In this case, it was a gorgeous teeny weenie afro (TWA).
Over the years, there were many times when we considered compiling some of the best tips and stories from our website into a book. But to do a book that would truly reflect the power of NaturallyCurly—and be worthy of the many other people who have helped shape the curly world—would take time and resources. Time was always in short supply. Every day there was so much that needed to be done – clients to call, stories to write, products to sell. And there were always meetings—lots of meetings.