Connect with us

Seeing Butterflies

Photoshopping Solange’s braids on a magazine cover disrespects the powerful history of Black hair

magazine

Black Women in Education

Photoshopping Solange’s braids on a magazine cover disrespects the powerful history of Black hair

Don’t touch a Black woman’s hair. That is a law that I thought everyone was hip to by now — but clearly not. Just take a look at Evening Standard magazine, which took one of the biggest Ls I’ve seen in the past 24 hours. (As someone who is constantly tapped into the internet, that is a big statement.)

The magazine shot one of modern day’s Black feminist deities, Solange Knowles, for its latest cover but then decided to Photoshop out her meticulously crafted, sculptural blonde braids. The original image featured a circular braid that, to me, is reminiscent of a divine aura — but her crown was edited out for the actual cover.

Solange then called out the magazine on Instagram, posting the unedited image and referencing her powerful song, “Don’t Touch My Hair.”

View this post on Instagram

dtmh @eveningstandardmagazine

A post shared by @ saintrecords on

I’m left questioning all that media does these days in order to appear “woke.”

Sure, it’s cool to be “socially aware” and promote the faces of the Black revolution, but how aware can you be if you choose to erase such a big part of the Black experience?

Black people get talked down to, judged, and excluded from lucrative opportunities all because of the magic that’s growing from our scalp. Children are threatened with suspension from school for a Black hairstyle. Black girls have needed to organize campus protests just so they can wear afros.

For Solange to be where she is in her career, to have her enormous platform, and still choose to rock unmistakably Black hairstyles is a proclamation. Her hair is a big “fuck you” to oppressive entities, so when you edit her hair, you edit her essence.

I spoke with Daria Ritch, the photographer who captured the original image, and she shared a similar…

Please read original article- Photoshopping Solange’s braids on a magazine cover disrespects the powerful history of Black hair

Chrysalis

I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

More in Black Women in Education

What Does It Mean To Be “Black Butterfly Beautiful”

The image of the butterfly has come to define the many expressions of the feminine black consciousness and for a good reason. The butterfly is the perfect articulation of the exquisite beauty of nature. Whether tiny or large, brightly colored or more subdued, the butterfly’s allure is undeniable. Each one displays its own unique patterns and hues, and no one species outshines any other.

Similarly, there is no one ideal image of a black woman -- each is gorgeous in her right. All African-Americans share a glorious history of struggle and perseverance that has funneled into the modern black renaissance. And, like the graceful butterfly, the awakened black woman exemplifies the dazzling beauty of that cultural evolution.

Flying High

To Top