Two pet peeves; folks that tout natural hair styling, for Black women, like its the end all to be all and Alicia Keys and the no makeup look.
As a way grown ass woman I think I can make decisions about my personal appearance. This is one area where I have complete control. I'm sick of reading blogs and listening to celebrity balderdash that don't suggest Afro-American women go au natural, but literally admonish us for not doing so. Been there done that . . ain't going to do it again.
|Pmccray back in the day|
Alicia Keys, the fourteen time Grammy Award winning artist, recently revealed that "she was tired of how women are constantly judged." “Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of,” she wrote. “And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect.”
Your beef is all fine and good . . on paper, but not in the real world. Cosmetics have been used since the beginning of time. As a form or adornment. The first recorded use by a famous/infamous black queen Cleopatra. Its easy for somebody with the bucks and looks of Keys to sport her new "refreshing" look.
|Alicia Keys Without Makeup Photo Shoot|
I don't know about anyone else, but all are way above my pay grade. So we make do with what is found on drug store shelves, most of which are ineffective. This is a good place to make a difference; stop cosmetic/fashion corporations from ripping off and scamming women. Over the counter products; very few work and none work like those slathered on the well to do.
So if I want to sport a wig, weave, extensions, dyed, braided, straight or laid to the side dos. Wear foundation, mascara, lipstick and rouge it is my business. As long as I'm not asking anyone to support my habit but me then its none of anyone's business.
Personally, I don't give a rat's patootie what anyone in this free nation does to themselves or for themselves. I've got my own backyard to clean, don't have no time to clean my neighbor's. In closing, Ms. Keys, you and your army of trolls can march on without your makeup, but cha' doin it without me!