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#HAIRSPIRATION OF THE MONTH; Gabriella Bernard

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My documentary ‘Black Hair’ speaks about growing up as a predominantly African woman in a whitewashed and Eurocentric Caribbean society. I address racism, hair-shaming, and overcoming adversity by cutting off my hair in this 20-minute film.

 

 

* First your first and last name and location.

My name is Gabriella Bernard and I live in Trinidad & Tobago, located in the Caribbean.

 

* Can you walk us through what was going through your head when that incident happened? What were you thinking and feeling as they were doing the hair and as you were asking them to consider alternatives?

At first, I was very determined to go home because my hair meant the most to me, and I told the producers that upfront on my application form. It took me about 30 minutes of crying and thinking to finally get to the decision that I made. I felt the need to expressly state my opinion and stand up for myself because truly I believe in promoting natural beauty and there were alternate methods that could have been taken to get my hair straight (wig, weave, blowout, keratin, flat iron). Furthermore, it is a Caribbean show and it is sending a message that we should conform to Eurocentric standards, as perpetuated by every other TV show, movie, magazine cover or whatever it may be, that tells young black women, and the world for that matter, that black people with kinky curly hair are not as good as unblemished porcelain white skin with perfectly straight blonde hair. That the beauty standard is something that we as ‘unfavorable’ black people could never achieve in this lifetime, lest we use cake soap and chemical relaxers. And then EVEN THEN when we conform, we will never be ‘truly’ as beautiful as what we have been brainwashed to believe is the standard. Especially in the context of Jamaica, where the film was produced, where it has been reported time and time again that skin bleaching is a common trend, what sort of message are you perpetuating as an industry leader? It broke my heart and shattered everything I knew when I realized someone who I had looked up to so much would do something as mentally damaging as chemically relaxing my natural hair that I had taken 3 years to grow. The decision stood even after I had told them I had it straight for most of my life and when I decided to go natural I loved myself more for embracing who I am as God intended… I had 2 options: conform and see what success I could achieve, possibly winning a contract to be an international model, something that I have always dreamed and prayed for, or break away and see how this may have been detrimental to my career. I had already left my job, I always looked up to Wendy, modeling was everything for me, and I came to compete… I had to go all the way or forever ask myself ‘what if?’ Though I mentally made the decision, I spent about 10 minutes disassociated from the world, mentally disconnecting myself from my hair and what I was about to do. My hair has always been a part of my identity, and as women, we know all too well how much emotion we have attached to our hair. My hair has always been part of my identity. I had my pretty little girl phase, then I shaved half of it off, I grew it back out and processed it straight. When I decided I was finally going to go natural I went out with a bang by dying my hair blue, purple and blond. I knew it would get damaged but it would be able to grow out. I’ve always expressed myself through my hair, and now they were going to take away something that I had groomed for so long, which was more to me than ‘just hair’, take it all away in a second. And chemical relaxers are permanent, I’m not sure if everyone understands that part, but it’s not something that can be reversed and I had to cut off all my hair after the show because it was now permanently straight and damaged…

The feeling of being stripped of my personality, my uniqueness, like Sampson without his hair…

* When you looked at yourself in the mirror after it happened, what were you feeling?

When I looked in the mirror, I saw the 16-year old version of myself watching me back in disappointment. I had lived most of my conscious life with straight hair and at 16 I wished I had the guts to go natural. I hoped that it would all be worth it in the end… but we all know I came 3rd. My reaction, however, was pure acting. I knew that I couldn’t be the girl who kicked up a fuss in the salon AND sulked over her makeover that she didn’t want to do in the first place. I told myself to let go of my emotions until after the show, and I gave it my best – my all, to try and win the competition. I was determined and I sacrificed a lot, DOWN TO MY HAIR, for a CHANCE to win, and came out deeply disappointed. If I knew then what I know now, I would have definitely walked off, or not have signed up at all. But at that moment, I was too close to my dreams to let it slip through my fingers.

 

* Is your hair still affected by the treatment they used?

My hair is somewhat affected – some parts haven’t grown into their curls just yet and are straighter than other parts. This is also attributed to previous years of chemical relaxing and I noticed that from the first time I cut my hair.

 

* What’s been your response to the continued interest at this moment on social media? Were you surprised by the support and reactions?

I was genuinely surprised by the reaction and support received from 95% of people on social media. I didn’t think that people would get it and I feared that it would be perceived negatively and seen as unimportant because I was dismissed so casually in real life, but people went through the same emotions as I did on the set, it seems! So many people were touched and started to reach out to me from other parts of the Caribbean, the US, the UK, Australia, and various countries across Africa and Asia. They shared their stories with me and I am so glad that we are having a global conversation about the reevaluation of the beauty standard. Beauty comes in all shades, shapes, sizes, and cannot be contained by 1 set of standards alone. More and more people are finally loving themselves for who they are and being comfortable in their own skin. I don’t understand why anyone would be against that, but I am so appreciative for those who understand the overarching message and are supporting my efforts. I hope that they too are living their most authentic version of themselves and creating change in their own lives and communities.

 

 

More and more people are finally loving themselves for who they are and being comfortable in their own skin

 

* What about that moment ultimately inspired you to keep fighting and speaking out?

The feeling of being stripped of my personality, my uniqueness, like Sampson without his hair… I don’t want anyone to ever have to go through that to learn the lesson that I did. I want people to continue to stand up for themselves despite what other people may say because they don’t have similar experiences. Our black ancestors before us did not stand up and fight for us to come in this modern day and age to yield to outdated, colonial rules. So many times people have ridiculed me for my hair, on the street, at work or professional settings, and at school… So many times people have been racist or prejudiced towards me because of the color of my skin or how my hair grows up to the sky. So many times I have been affected because of society’s twisted misconceptions and stereotypes that are casted upon us and eventually accepted. This time, I say no more. As I continue to live my truth, I will prove to myself and everyone else that I am a professional, that I am beautiful, that I am competent of doing anything that I put my mind to. I refuse to let my skin color and hair texture ‘hold me back’ from these opportunities in my life, because they are not an evaluation tool of my professionalism, capabilities or intelligence.

 

 

* What do you hope viewers at home might learn from what you went through and your response?

I hope that viewers at home will see that it is okay to stand up for yourself… I sacrificed all my hair, and for what? I did everything I could to appease the judges, but all in vain. Social media quickly took to Instagram to voice that I was robbed when I was eliminated. You see, we can change ourselves to fit someone else’s mold, but that does not mean that we will be liked or accepted. It’s only wisdom that can now allow me to look back and say that I wished I stood my ground. I would have both my dignity and my hair. I feared that others would judge me and say that I was truly an unprofessional model for walking off the show. But I’ve learnt that the most important opinion is the one you have of yourself… Always stand your ground; do not yield.

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I REFUSE TO LET ANYONE TELL ME HOW TO BE BEAUTIFUL. I am pleased to announce that a 20 minute documentary that I have starred in and directed alongside @trinidadandtobagorocks has been selected to screen at @ttfilmfestival! Hair is more than "just hair" and living in a society that idolizes Eurocentric features and demonizes African features makes it that much harder trying to live my truth in all my melanin glory. Join me as I open up about racist incidents, living my truth, being whitewashed as a cheap reality show stunt, and still overcome it, all the while cutting off that trashy, outdated, straight hair and starting over my natural hair journey AGAIN. I will be counting on YOUR support to help me win the People's Choice Award 🏆🏅. FYI: Research shows there has been a 40% decline in relaxer sales over the past 8 years. It ain't a fad or a style. BIH, IT'S A MOVEMENT. ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽 — — Pre-lime 🍤🍻: Fri Sep 7 @ Drinks Bistro, Woodbrook from 7pm — — Airing dates 🎬: Fri 21 Sept, 5.00pm, The University of the West Indies ** Fri 21 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A ** Mon 24 Sept, 4.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago ** Tue 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San Fernando — — Photo Creds: Model: @gabigabz_ Designer: @benecaribe Photographer: @moderndaycaveman Art Director: @rackedstudios — — #model #international #caribbean #ttfilmfestival #trinidadfilmfestival #film #documentary #naturalhair #natural #melanin #queen #straighthairissotrashy #overit #movement

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* I noticed that you’re working on an upcoming documentary and continuing to use your social media as a way to speak out against what happened. Why is it important for you to continue this mission? What’s your ultimate hope with sharing words of encouragement regarding hair and calling for change?

 

My documentary ‘Black Hair’ speaks about growing up as a predominantly African woman in a whitewashed and Eurocentric Caribbean society. I address racism, hair-shaming, and overcoming adversity by cutting off my hair in this 20-minute film. It has been screened at the Say It Loud Film Festival in Washington DC in July, the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in September, The Baltimore International Black Film Festival in Maryland from Oct 2-8, the ArtCity Film Festival in Cameroon in Oct, and Kurlz on Film in Los Angeles in Spring 2019. I’ve also started a GoFundMe to submit my documentary to festivals across the world so that people can hear my story: http://www.bit.ly/blackhairdonate 100% of funds will go towards paying submission fees to enter the film, which is currently estimated at USD$3,100. My message is important because it is not just about hair. My message is letting people know that they should live their lives being comfortable in their own skin, in their own appearance, and that we need to look past colonial remnants in our culture that tell us ‘white is best and only white is best’ If all races, particularly the white race, could come together and agree that we are all equal and treat each other equally, we could live in a much better, more advanced society. We have so much more in common than what ‘separates’ us. The sooner we realize that the sooner we can evolve into a more loving era of humanity.

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If the Caribbean had a flavour it would taste like me 👅😈 — — Model: @gabriellabernard_ Photography: @refiic Designer: @dominichutch — — 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 — — #fashion #runway #editorial #natural #melanin #beautiful #caribbean #model #internationalmodel #scoutme #fordmodelsscout #wlyg #imgmodelscout #lordeincscouting #jagmodels #makemeamuse #willyscouts #scoutmetier1mm #emgmodels #iamscouted #gilleonsmithcasting #wespeakthisisme #scoutmesilent #models1scout #mc2scouting #elmsquad #be1scoutme #bodylondon #bikini #caribbean — @bellaagency @elitenyc @elite_london @statemgmt @fusionmodelsnyc @suprememgmt @nextmodels @dnamodels @dnkmodels @ethnicitymodels @chocomediamodels @theindustryny @abbeylynnmodels @pridemodelmanagement @megamodelbrasil @gadalmodels @crawfordmodels @megamodelbahia @niiagency @noagency.nyc @managementartists @midlandagency @immmodels @elevenmodelmgmt @newyorkmodels @womenmanagementny @major_scouts @qmodels @mahogany_models @mandpmodels @bma_models @marqueemodels @leo.alderman @stettsmodelmgmt @clavonmodels @shlegel_daria @mmgtalent @theindustryla @lookmodels_germany

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* What other things do you have planned in the wake of this? Are you still modeling? Do you still want to continue talking about this in the future? What are your goals?

I want to continue spreading my message of self-love and positivity. I am still modeling and ultimately I would be elated to become an internationally signed model and walk for Victoria’s Secret. However, I haven’t put all my eggs in one basket and I am also focusing on my background in Marketing and Events Management. I definitely want to continue being an activist for change and I am currently involved in community development programmes in Trinidad & Tobago. I plan to use my influence and education to eventually become a person with political power in the future, such as the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago. We can do a lot to get our economy back on its feet with people who think as progressively as I do, and want to see an actual improvement of the nation. Especially in the wake of the dying oil industry, there are several things that we can do. We can invest in sustainable energy for a greener and cleaner future, especially having the luxury of living on an island that sees an abundance of sun, wind and natural waves for the majority of the year. We can also implement a refugee programme for the Venezuelans coming across to the country whereby they can find shelter, work and make a contribution to our society. Food manufacturing is an industry that can create even more jobs for our citizens and increase our food security. We can also look into reforming the education system by exposing students to new career paths and allowing them to pursue studies tailored to thriving and upcoming industries where there is a huge demand. Construction, mechanics, engineering, plumbing, and other vocational/technical education should be at the forefront as opposed to making people go into debt for an education that they may not be able to use in the future. My ultimate goal is to impact positive change on the world, and I’ve started that by living the best life I can every single day. Some days are good, some days are bad, but I am grateful for every moment of my experience so that I can share it with others and hopefully be a guide to them in their own way.

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There's nothing more exhilarating than living your most authentic life. BE WHO U WANNA BE. BE WHO U ARE. Listen I'm just so glad I have a whole fro again. The journey continues…💫💫💫 // Last night I had such a beautifully overwhelming response at the premiere of my film Black Hair. It's even been picked up in Baltimore, Maryland and Cameroon, Africa! Remember to go catch it if you can, and vote for BLACK HAIR as the People's Choice Award, and help me go to Baltimore! 🙌🏽🙏🏽 @trinidadandtobagorocks @ttfilmfestival — — Airing dates 🎬: Mon 24 Sept, 4.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago 🖤 Tue 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San Fernando — — Photo Creds: Model: @gabigabz_ Photographer: @shannonbrittophotography — — #model #international #caribbean #ttfilmfestival #trinidadfilmfestival #film #documentary #naturalhair #natural #melanin #queen #straighthairissotrashy #overit #movement #beautiful #fun #editorial #blackandwhite #photography #afro #naturalista #rain #scoutme

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My message is important because it is not just about hair. My message is letting people know that they should live their lives being comfortable in their own skin

#6monthprotectivestylechallenge PART 2

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Wagwan Nappyboo! We are here again. A Happy New Month of December to you!

This post is dedicated to all aspiring models out there. In my 5+ something years of my international modeling career only until last week, Thursday did I actually have braids like real legit box braids put in my hair on a set of a photo shoot for a hair campaign. I sigh a heavy sigh when I see the messages from you young-ins on my Facebook and Instagram looking at my glossy pictures wanting to be like me. And it’s because you don’t understand the amount of soul-selling and sacrifices it takes to be a model in today’s society.

 

 

And all for what? To be told that only a handful of superstars models will actually have this as a career late into their 50’s? Of course, they’ll never follow up with you can be the one “I believe in you” statement. They always leave it hanging in the air right there in front of you, out of your reach. And it never pains me because I know who I am, so I need no validation. Thank God I came into my senses a few years into my career and big chopped my relaxed hair to go Natural.

Nevertheless, I’ve slowly started to highlight how bad e really bad, and I started with my #IAMGIAIA posts during the Maxim Cover Girl Competition.  (I made it all the way up to  Semi-finals! For those of you who are wondering how that went). More model talk is fast approaching, so hold your wigs, cos the gist is bound to fly them off.

 

This post is my usual end of the year hurrah, when evils of the Fashion and beauty world go in for hibernation for their 2-3weeks end of the year holiday and our bliss to finally be able to be the kind of humans we wish to be and see in the world without having to worry that we will be reduced to begger-dom or homeless shelters because the high and mighty that write the beauty status quo will never give us a seat at the table. It is also my last ever of begging for a seat at that very same table. I’m turning 25 next year and that’s also a whole other story.

I think it’s safe to say I am the Queen of curly wigs when it comes to protective styling. I have it in bronze, red, curly, afro, I nearly bought a pink one the other day. Maybe next Halloween 🙂

Even when I protective style I never stray too far away from my African aesthetics, Wakanda forever looool

@nappyese Protective Styles

@nappyese Protective Styles

Check out my results from my last #6MONTHSPROTECTIVESTYLE CHALLENGE

DID MY HAIR GROW? #6monthsprotectivestylechallenge Results!

 

I feel like at some point I also have to give a clarifying post as to what it means to be a lazy natural. Only true Naturalistas may know. Some of you may need some schooling but its ok, we learn new things every day. I saw a fellow black models hair being fried by a white hair stylist on Instagram today, I wrote to her and she said she didn’t have a choice. I told her she does. All she needs to do is take better care of her hair and stand up for herself. I did the same and they learned to leave my hair alone. They really have no idea what it is to be creative with our own natural beauty without any damaging patriarchal inducing standard, or maybe they do who knows. Even some of the black hair stylists on set are not any better. The trauma is so deep and relevant to our nature that most of us have forgotten what it is like to be kind to ourselves. I had to take the braids out because I had a different shoot the next day and you should have seen the way the stylist rough handled my poor aching scalp! And I felt she would do that even before she did (perhaps I attracted it? LoL) because she had already tortured me by slapping the rubber bands she used to attach the hair extensions to my scalp a few times that I had yelled ow VERY LOUDLY. I wanted to jump up outta that chair like a baboon the minute she took the last braid off but I know it would have made her feel awkward).

That’s me you see, forever the empath putting other peoples feelings before mine. But now enough is enough. I don’t care if I get labelled a bitch or a diva( cos thats their next train to jump on). If thats what I gotta be to save myself and more children after me who will be traumatized to become these numb feeling creatures then so be it.

I have more stories, but enough of my rants. I had a hair show this past weekend and it has officially marked off my #6months protective style challenge!

 

LADY EVENT AT OK STUDIOS BROOKLYN
BY HAIR BY SUSY

I would love for you beautiful boos to join in with me and make it really official from the 1st of December. SO that when June comes and the glorious sunshine on Gotham again we shall we ready to show off our perfectly preserved and hibernated kinks, naps, and coils.

 

I had the honor and utmost pleasure to be blessed by an amazing hairstylist B @gottaluvbrie. She reached out to me on Instagram and asked to braid my hair. Not only does she provide a whole range of amazingly colorful braiding hair extensions from the gaawwddss that will blow your mind to smithereens, she’s also mobile and does home services!! I mean braid your hair from the comfort of your home my boo. Yasss!! This is the kind of stuff we need to take into 2019!!

Check out this video of us going at it and bringing my first protective style of my #6monthprotectivestylechallenge to life

My braids came out so bomb, I’m so obsessed. I’ve always wanted to have on colorful braids, and look at the Universe!!! Connecting two people absolutely randomly over the internet. This is a whole trend my boos! I’ve gotten so many compliments on it everywhere I go! Contact Brie for her services, Email her at Bspruill20@gmail.com her price list below

 

 

I want 10 nappyboos who are going to join me on this challenge this time around to leave a comment below. We want to feature you and your protective styles on Nappyese TV and Instagram. All I’m ever saying boo. I pop! You pop! We popping boo!

 

 

5 Top Afrocentric Jewelry brands for Wakandan Vibes

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Its Wakanda forever season again!!! At least for some of you I know it is, haha. I have a funny feeling Afrocentric vibes will be a huge hit this Halloween season. You might be one of the folks that wishes to have a try a hand at Nakia’s sultry looks, Or maybe bald headed Okoye warrior princess display of female power and strength, which ever the case we’ve got you here at Nappyese.

You see way before the Black Panther Franchise surfaced into our reality, #Nappystyle has been giving us African strength and royality from dawn of day. Most times, around the city then, I felt it was met with quick awkward side glances, wide eyed surprises or intrigue but the best reaction is always a smile of admiration and a compliment, followed by ‘where can I buy that?’ question.

I am always more than willing to share the not so secret hiding places of luxury afrocentric accessories, because I was once like these people. And if not for my healthy obsession with researching the net, curating styles via instagram, my career as a blogger, I too would have thought it a myth to be proudly African, let alone find unique and sexy afrocentric accessories that match with my soul. More especially in today’s modern day post-colonial African culture, with our generation seemingly eager to swap out our rich complex cultures for rat race uniforms of bland mediocrity and fitting into patriarchy standards of style. It continues to amuse me when the same generation cries culture appropriation. How can someone else appropriate a culture you claim as yours but hardly display until one costume day but you think you proudly claim it as yours? Where’s the genuinity in that?

Anyways I digress into muddy waters. Let’s save the politics for later, when our stomach are all full…lol

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Happy 2018 my dear friends 🍾💋

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“JEWELLERY IS THE MOST TRANSFORMATIVE THING A PERSON CAN WEAR “

-Iris Apfel

This post is for nappyboos who want to know where to go to find modern day afrocentric accessories with symbols that perhaps trace all the way to the first Egyptian African civilization. Those who take prize in wearing their heritage even if then don’t know the whole history behind it. In my opinion no one truly really knows anything, yes facts but where you there? Yes? No? Either way we are all timeless souls and our souls knows what we are when we see it it, thats why you’re here reading this post 🙂

We must work from where we are now and stop our dancing with yearnings of the old and that which we can never attain here and now. Lets! Live in the moment!

These amazing brands below, all sell and ship from within the United States! They will have your soul dancing and feeling right where it belongs! I have purchased myself from each of them listed below and I highly recommend you include them in your style. From head-wraps, braid, loc and hair accessories, to body jewlery, these brands have got you covered. Not only will you feel authentically stylish, you will also be a shining example to men and women that will feel your vibess gaan. And after you are filled with pride of your own, at your leisure have a peek at our new NAPPY-SHOP and find new and different things from the other side of the globe. Tips on how to be unique with confidence? We got you boo! We’ve got you.

AFROHEMIAN

Afrohemien is a handmade jewelry brand that blends afrocentric style with bohemian vibes.
Afrohemien is inspired by the beauty of Africa, ancient artifacts, mythology, nature, patterns and texture.
Each piece is created as a reminder to appreciate our history and to return back to where it all started, The Motherland.

FANM DJAMN

FANM DJANM (FUM|JUM) means STRONG WOMAN in Haitian Kreyol. The Hatian brand was founded in 2014 as a collection of eight headwraps, which Paola sold directly from her apartment on the weekends. Today, Fanm Djanm has transformed into a headwrap collection and lifestyle brand that serves to both empower and inspire women to live boldly. Fanm Djanm encourages women to wear a bold print, take command of a room, laugh a little too loudly, and pursue their greatest goals.

BELLACEE JEWELS

A favorite on Etsy, Bellacee makes Afrocentric, Ankara Jewelry, Ear Cuffs, Tassel Earrings. Handmade her self with love.

IMAGE GANG

💎Image Gang ⚜Gold plated and gold filled jewelry. Established in London in 2017, Image Gang was created with the sole purpose to be an inclusive, empowering brand for women.

Our mission is based on creating and curating unique but affordable pieces of quality jewelry that allow you to express your individual style.

 

NVTIV SHOP

NVTIVE is a boutique that specializes in the sales of traditional and modern body jewelry, accessories, apparel and art designed to showcase Pan African cultures from all regions of the continent. NVTIVE aims to pay homage to the customs and traditions of Pan African  culture in the design, and manufacturing of jewelry, accessories apparel and artwork.
And when wakandan season is finally over until next year again, lol and at some point you feel some sort of daring energy that challenges you to think and feel outside of the box (they come once a blue moon) and try new things beyond borders, dont forget to browse trough our NAPPY-SHOP and compliment your newly found international energy with accessories curated far and near all over the world by NAPPYESE and don’t forget to #NappyStyle 😉

 

 

#HAIRSPIRATION OF THE MONTH: Annabelle Lyttle

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Wagwan Nappyboos! Welcome back to the blog. Outchea on nappyese, we are all about being kinky. In the nappiest sense of the word lol. But I think our curly hair sisters also have something to say about hair! We caught up here with the stunning Annabelle Lyttle.

Hi Annabelle! Can we meet you?

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Curly or straight, both are great 🙃

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Hi! I’m Annabelle. I was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Growing up, I split my time between PA and New Mexico from the ages 15-19, and completed a year of study at New Mexico State University for Theatre Arts. After my first year of college, I dropped out to pursue modeling in NYC. I finally moved to the city in 2011, and have lived here ever since. In my time here, I have been signed to multiple agencies, domestic and international, continued my study of acting and performance, and worked at various restaurants around Manhattan and Brooklyn. In my downtime, I love reading, baking, hanging out with my cat, and falling down internet rabbit holes.

I loved working with you on set! How long have you been a model and an actor?

It was so great working with you too! I have been a model for about 7 years professionally. I got started with it when I was about 14, but I start the clock around the time I moved to NYC. I have been acting since I was very young. I always did the school plays, I competed in theatre competitions, and won an Acting scholarship. I can’t say that I’ve begun my professional acting career yet, but it’s slowly coming along. I’m about to wrap my first indie film in a few weeks.

Do you have your beautiful curls straightened a lot at work? If so, do you get heat damage and how do you deal with it

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Windswept. #redhead #hair #wind #beauty #makeup

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Ugh, yes. At one point, an agency I was signed with had advised me to ONLY wear my hair straight to castings. I can’t tell you how much time I wasted straightening my hair. I even did one of those at home, straightening perms. My hair was almost always straightened for shoots as well. Thankfully, my curls bounced back. I treat my ends with Moroccan Oil a couple times a month, and use shampoos and conditioners that don’t contain any parabens or sulfates.

Was it easy to transition into acting as a model?

My transition from modeling to acting is slowly starting to begin. Acting has kind of always been waiting in the wings for me, I just need to take the leap and commit to it. I’ll probably make the official segue within a year, and get back into an acting class and try to find representation.

Do you face any challenges as a curly hair model?

I think the main challenge is the assumption that curly hair is difficult to work with. I’ve gone to castings with my hair pulled back in a sleek bun, and then showed up to the job with my curly hair. I can always see the somewhat panicked look on the hair stylists face, or the client will make a comment like, “Oh, we didn’t know you had curly hair…” as if it was the biggest inconvenience in the world. I’m fortunate that my hair does straighten easily, so it hasn’t been too much of a hindrance. I do believe that there needs to be further education for hair stylists to know how to style all textures of hair.

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New work for Cosmo ✨ . . . . . #Repost @vernonfrancois ・・・ #updo The goal when putting hair up is to create a base. Then simply dresse the hair around it using hairclips or pins. The One rule for me is balance. Now your #redcarpet hair is ready for the runway 💃🏾💃🏽💃🏼💃🏻💃💃🏿 @vernonfrancoishair Re~Vamp heat protect moisture spray can be used on dry or damp hair to protect it from heat styling or to refresh your #waves #curls #coils #kinks & #straight hair in between washes. A refreshing detangling spray to hydrate, repair, and promote healthy condition. @paulmitchellus This firm-hold spray adds volume and provides maximum control without leaving hair feeling stiff or sticky. Its special formula also protects against humidity. #model @annabelle_rl ✊🏾‼️❤️ @cosmopolitan 🙏🏾@carlycardellino @jasonikeler ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #makeup the #beautiful @bobscott200 💥❤️ #redhead #red #ginger #hair #vernonfrancois @wilhelminamodels @showroom.newyork

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Free Plane ticket to your desired destination. Where would you go?

It’s so cliche, but I would love to go to either Bali or Mykonos.

What are your goals with both careers?

 

My goals for modeling are to become the face of a makeup or skincare brand, and to do as many editorials as possible. My goals for acting are to play as many different types of characters that I can. I want to be versatile, and not locked into just one genre of film. Right now I’m focusing on indie films, but eventually I’d love to go out for feature films and possible TV shows or a Netflix Original.

 

Curly or straight?

 

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Most times I’m strictly a curly girl, if I wear my hair down. I only ever wear it straight if I have to for work.

DIY or Products?

I’ve never tried any DIY hair hacks, so I only use products 🙂

 

Who are your Role Models?

My role models are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, and Mel Robbins.

Holy Grail Hair products?

DevaCurl Supercream is LIFE CHANGING!

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I see myself working a job I love, either modeling or acting or some new pursuit. I see myself knowing and loving exactly who I am and what I stand for.

You have all the power in the entire Universe for one day. What would you change?

 

If I had all the power in the universe for one day, I would change peoples ability to listen. I see so much of just shouting our opinions at each other without actually taking the time to hear what anyone we disagree with is saying. I believe that in order to find a solution to a problem, we have to communicate, and hear each other out. It may not fix everything, but it will establish a common ground to build upon.
Thank you for chatting with us Annabelle. You are so stunning, I couldn’t stop looking through your instagram! You also have a lovely soul and personality. I wish you many successes in all you endeavors!
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NappySkin: African Black Soap, Why Black don’t crack

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Watagwan nappyboo!

Here’s an awesome informative most on African Black soap. This is my favorite thing to use to wash my skin, then afterwards I apply either any carrier oil Sesame Seed Oil or African Shea Butter, or coconut oil depending on the weather.

Read about different Carrier & Essential Oils here

I try to stick very much to using all natural ingredients inside and outside of my body. My skin is smooth, shiny and even complexioned. I get complimented by makeup artist all the time and thank God for all those beauty job in the bag with top beauty brands like Mac, Tom Ford, Laura Mercier etc. Apart from the occasional hormonal and stressed related acne spot, my skin stays pretty clear.

Shop Nappyfoods African Black Soap

Shop Nappyfoods African Raw Shea Butter

 

African Black Soap : Benefits, Ingredients and Side effects

Watch more Nappy Skin Care Tips here

 

Drinking water is hands down the number one way to gorgeous skin. And its not just a glass or two, nor doctor scheduled 6 glasses a day. I mean gallons, but of course start with a glass or two more of what you drink already.

When my skin is dehydrated my skin looses its elasticity and I see myself visibly age. Its goes back to normal ones I’m in a balanced state of hydrating and preserving the moisture in my skin after every bath.

The body is like a plant. The more you care for it the more everything in your lives become balanced. Incorporating healthy self-care practices can help you live a wholesome life.

 

READ: MY UPDATED SKIN CARE ROUTINE 2018

 

Watch my Updated Weekly Skin Care Routine 2018:


SUMMER 2018 YOGA&REIKI IN CENTRAL PARK-Giveaway!

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WIN A FREE YOGA AND REIKI SESSION IN Central Park! WIN FREE YOGA AND REIKI SESSION

 

SIGN UP FOR A NAPPYYOGA CLASS/ SESSION HERE

 

 

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7. Send proof (screenshots) of all your completions of these actions to nappyboos@nappyese.com Best of Luck. Can’t wait to stretch and relax with you!

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DID MY HAIR GROW? #6monthsprotectivestylechallenge Results!

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Wagwaaann Nappyboo! Welcome back to the blog!

Yass Yasss Yas, many great things are happening! How have things been on your end? How are you thriving so far in 2018? Isn’t lit?! Its been crazy lit on my end and I’m still swooinng from all the choices, moments and experiences life continues to offer me. And for every single one, good and bad I am grateful! My nappy-trip to India was all sorts of crazy!

It’s definitely feels super amazing to back to fast and working wifi, clean streets, and space! oh sweet space. Have you been to India? If you have you can probably catch my feels, haha! India was crrrraaaaazzzyyy I tell you. My #3odaysinIndia Vlog series is releasing from the 1st of July on NappyeseTV so turn on notifications for my Youtube and Instagram posts!

WHY I THINK I’M A NATURAL HAIR NAZI

This post is dedication to my #6monthprotectivestylechallenge. It ended last month! 6 whole months of wearing my afro in Braids, Headwraps, Wigs and Low manipulative hair style. I loved all my hairstyles! They were simple and inexpensive. I think the most expensive ones were my long silver box braids.

 

RESULTS: 6 MONTH PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE

 

Here are the results;

 

6 MONTH PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE RESULTS

 

Before:

6 MONTHS PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE RESULTS

LENGTH CHECK 4C HAR

Length: 7 & 1/2 inches

 

After:

4C HAIR LENGTH CHECK 6 MONTHS PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE

LENGTH CHECK

Length: 9 & 1/2 inches

 

That’s about right. Hair grows on n average of 4-6 inches per year. In half that time (6months) I got my allotted 2&1/2 inches.

Check my previous post on my protective style challenge and see my progress from the beginning as well reviews of  products I used on this challenge

My 6 months protective style challenge

#6monthprotectivestylechallenge: 3 MONTHS UPDATE

Ya! so I definitely think I’m a natural hair Nazi. Watch my funny video below to see how I mean, its proof! haha I learnt a lot about myself making this video!

I also love protective styling, lazy natural for Life. I could protective style 12 months in a year even! Because I know it is the surest and easiet way to preserve nappy hair length and health.

I didn’t miss my Mushu one bit (lol..ok lies, but you get the gist) and the timing was perfect for India. I only shampooed and conditioned once in the whole time I was there.

Will you join me on the next protective style challenge?? Have you gone a protective style challenge before? If so, what were your results?

 

 

 

 

#HAIRSPIRATION OF THE MONTH: SUSY THE PURPLE UNICORN

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It’s not even summer! Yet #blackgirlmagic is glittering the floors of our realities with gold and rainbow dust.

-Enter Susy the Purple Unicorn!

The No1 Hairstylist slaying the game left right center in the U.S. Beyonce, Solange and Zoe Kravitaz can tesifty. She’s slayed their braids!!! I came across one of susy’s photos on one of my many missions on Instagram. I had reposted one of her striking images, because I believed in her captions. That was the day I became an avid follower of in Susy’s ever shining and colorful world. I’m so glad she made some time to catch up with us!

 

Hi Susy! Can we meet you?

Yes of course! I am Susan Oludele aka Africancreature,  a Liscenced Cosmetologist , Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, Business Owner . Creator of Lemonade Braids, wavy braids, and more.

 

Your positive energy and your light is so contagious! Even from afar. How was it like for you growing up?

It was so hard! I grew up always misunderstood, never had friends, I had a hard knocked life.  Life is crazy! But God always shows up and shows out. I didn’t know that God had a plan for me and I am proud that I can be here to share my story

Created by Hair by Susy

When did you discover your nack for hairstyling?

I started doing hair at 9 and at 11 years old I started taking it seriously.

What motivates you everyday?

God motivates me and my friends and family! I try to keep being positive and surround myself around good energy! 😎💎

Have you always been Natural?

I’ve always been natural until one day in high school I permed my hair and chopped it off bald a month later. I wanted to mimic the hair boxes I saw in the store.but I had to realize that in order to be different you have to be yourself. I chopped it off and that was it!!!!!!!!

Please tell us about Your Vision Board class and HairbySusyevents

Hairbysusy created the vision board class because we believe we inspire all of our clients on a daily basis to chase their dreams become an entrepanuer or follow a passion. We decided to convert that talk into a class to help encourage people and give them a road map to success. We created hairbysusy events because we have been notified that people love to be apart of hairbysusy & we  want to carry it out in the community world.

Who are your Role Models?

-God, myself & My mom is my inspiration!!!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Multi – millionaire, possibly billionaire  in the west coast in LA sipping pina coloda and managing my business, schools, self published author, public speaker to the mass, spreading awareness on suicide and social injustice. being Great & making life work for itself

 

You have all the power in the entire Universe for one day. What would you change?

I would take away the power from every body in the White House and build my own cabinet. I would create a budget for affordable health care for people who make under a certain amount . Elect the police system to Go over all of the inmates cases to see who has been in prison unlawfully. Create jobs for the people who have been incarcerated & ways they can be their own bosses. Go over the education system and putting In a better system to learn about credit, financial advisory, teach kids how to learn a trade and etc. I would also change the immigration laws to maybe whoever comes to work in America has to work here under a certain time & after they have to show what they have done In America within that 2 years.

If not they would have to leave or set up a 5 year  plan that would make sense to stay. I would allow rich people to keep their money but they would have to agree to donate 30% of their money to a charity that they do not own or a charity that helps the youth, the community they lived in, homelessness or a cause they support the most. I would change the welfare & food stamps to instead of giving them free food and housing. You would have to work at a store In Your community in order to get the food stamps and welfare. 

-Hmmn! She is ready!!

 

 

We can’t get enough of you Susy, Please bless our #Nappyboos with more words of inspiration. For those who would like to follow in your footsteps.

Take care of yourself, sometimes your parents are right they just want the best for you! Follow your dreams even if they sound crazy! God knows your heart! Dream big and never stop believing In Yourself 
Hairbysusy
You heard her Nappyboos! Thank you for taking time to bless us with your words Susy and being our #hairspiration of the month. We wish you all of the very best in all your endeavor. Find Susy at her website hairbysusy.com
Live to Inspire!

BLACK HAIR INFORMATION: ALL ABOUT BIOTIN!

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What Is Biotin

Does it really make your hair grow?

How much is too much?

Which brand is the best?

I heard that it causes acne. Is that really true?

What if I’m not a fan of pills? How else can I get my Biotin intake?

Answers to all your questions are here

BLUEBONNETS BIOTIN FROM WHOLEFOODS

BIOTIN SUPPLEMENTS

I tried to continue with Hairfinty Supplements. You’ll remember them from January Essentials/Capricorn Season. Alas, it was not in my cards to do so. I picked up this baby from wholefoods last week. It’s pure Biotin. I remember when pure biotin was the rave in  town, so I’m a bit late to the party. But you’ll be hearing from me soon 🙂

Would you like a Product review of my experience with HAIRFINITY HAIR SUPPLEMENTS? I know there are already loads on Youtube. Should I bother?

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Shop Hairfinity!

Also let me ask, do you take supplements on your hair journey. If so, do you have a favorite brand you swear by? Share with us!

 

 

 

#6monthprotectivestylechallenge: 3 MONTHS UPDATE

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Whew!! it’s been a wild one. I won’t lie my silver braids made feel some type way. Solange and Beyonce all rolled into one.

 

WINTER HAIR WOES

I’ve had to defend Mushu from the blistery cold and wet foggy snowflakes. Doing my usuals. Head-wraps, cop’d me a couple wigs from sam’s beauty.

Y’all I had to call on Mushu’s guardian angels to protect Fa Mulan from disaster, hahaha. He got threatened to get shaved up for a job. On two separate occasions!! (Don’t ask). Thankfully the Gods of Shrinkage saved us both and kept our pockets smiling.

My clients wanted my hair to look really REALLY SHORT. Mushu’s 3year grown ass is always ready. I had to go even shorter than the shrinkage you see below. I went over to the shoot in a sleep cap. That flattened my kinks all the way to my scalp.

Luckily my ends have been cut, moisturized and protected. Even after having to wear my kinks shrunk the whole week, I didn’t suffer too many tangles.

 

Nevertheless, it was a bit traumatic, but the worst is over. Please support us by sharing this post

It could be really tricky trying to preserve length after going through all of these life tests, but we overcome and are stronger for it!

WHY BLACK HAIR BREAKS

I am preety sure all my NappyBoos know the answer to this. Sometimes, life just need to remind us how she operates.

My first horror was a couple weeks after I arrived first time in San Diego for the NYE celebration. In my excitement I forgot to pack my spray bottle mix. Of course only remember in the taxi to the airport

Even though I was shower rinsed-out the salt water after surfing, one braid actually broke my hair off halfway through near to my right edges!! Immediately I got back into NYC two more broke off 🙁 No jokes!! Natural hair bloggers are not invincible to mother natures rules either.

Now hear me loudly:

MOISTURE RETENTION IS EVERYTHING AND MORE. IF YOU DON’T MOISTURIZE YOUR HAIR AND FIND A WAY TO SEAL-IN THAT MOISTURE IN IT WILL BREAK.

WHY? BECAUSE BLACK HAIR IS DRY HAIR.

*Coughs*

Ahem, moving on.

If you would like to  know how I took out my braids and preped my hair back to normal check out this post:

HOW TO CARE FOR 4CHAIR AFTER PROTECTIVE STYLING FOR 3 MONTHS

 

WIGS FROM SAMS BEAUTY!

For the beginning of my 4th Month of my #6monthprotectivestylechallenge, I have to revert to my old ways of protective styling. Wigs, Headwraps and leaving my strands alone. While I continue to work on being a  successful entrepreneur and artiste so I can do what ever I want with my hair.

Conclusion: This whole experience is teaching me a lot of patience

Are you protective styling right now?? Leave a comment below, What is your favorite protective style?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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