Monday, September 5, 2016 / No comments

Black is Beautiful: Reclaiming Cornrows

by Kara Clay

            It isn’t often that a magazine declares that ‘Black is Beautiful’, let alone on the cover, but Vogue España did just that for it’s March issue. The cover comes “just in time to slap ‘Kim Kardashian boxer braid’ out of your mouth and kick off Women’s History month. It features Ivorian-British model, Aya Jones, showcasing all types of #BlackGirlMagic while rocking the iconic cornrows on the cover of the Spanish magazine.

From video tutorials teaching tweens how to get Katy Perry and Kylie Jenner “boxer braids” to Kim Kardashian-West trying to rename cornrows the “KKW Signature Braid,” the world is loving black hairstyles, as long as they’re not on black women. The appropriateness and the timing of this cover speaks volumes. It reminds black women that they are the “The Queens of Africa” and that young girls will one day be queens too.

The Vogue España cover and the four-page spread was shot in Botswana Okavango Delta. Karim Belghiran was the hairstylist designated to create Jones’ look. Jones said that participating in the shoot was “an honor” and “an unforgettable experience.” It is widely agreed upon that black women are still learning to embrace their shades of melanin. Hopefully the next Vogue issue supporting this truth will be right here in the US of A.


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