Unfortunately, the western standard of beauty has been imported globally and promoted fiercely through electronic media, print ads, and school courses, and sadly accepted as the marching baton for what is considered beautiful, professional, and desirable. Further, beauty pageants have objectified women and have aided in the distorted view of what true beauty is. The result of shameless often insulting and negative images and connotations linked to Black women has led to many women and young girls bleaching their skin, changing the texture and color of their hair, and wearing clothes that defy modest and good taste, thus damaging their self-concept and creating low to no self-esteem. This needs to stop! The days of accepting being treated in part like Sarah Baartman (given the name Hottentot Venus) a South African woman sold into slavery during the early 19th century, or being portrayed as out-of-shape mammies, prostitutes, undesirable, unintelligent, loud, not worthy of praise, and/or something less than royalty are over.
Women who are Aboriginal Indigenous, African American, and Africans of the Diaspora and are interested in participating are asked to download an application and follow the instructions at the website www.LocksConference.com before September 5, 2014. Everyone is invited to come out and celebrate as the Nu Ms. Natural Sista(s) emerges at the Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo, Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 7:30PM at the Imhotep Institute Charter High School.
For more information, call 215-438-8189 or go to www.LocksConference.com.
“Natural hair is more than a hairstyle; It’s a lifestyle.”
MaMa Akosua Ali.Sabree at 215-438-8189
Sakinah Ali.Sabree at 267-259-8400
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