“What I want to say to you is I’m flattered and honored, it’s like so exciting that you like something. It’s like being mirrored back that you like something that was really tough for me. That’s really fun for me. At the same time I don’t want you to want my hair…The reason I don’t want you to want my hair is I’m of the school of, ‘love what you got.’ For me, the reason my hair was such a battle was because I was trying to make it something it wasn’t. I wanted the hair that somebody else had!” – Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee recently came across a photo on Instagram that she says made her almost kill over with laughter, ” Seriously, I was crying with laughter,” she says, and we were laughing right along with her. if you have not yet seen the photo we’re talking about, it’s this one and is so funny but sadly oh so true for so many women.
We’ve had many a conversation about women who covet the curls that they don’t have which really means hair just like Tracee’s or hair that’s culturally considered “good” or “better than” kinky hair. Yes, there are women who have looser curls that covet other looser curls, but for women who can really relate to that photo, it’s the women who have hair that errs on the side of kinky.
In response to the photo, the star has started a “hair love” campaign and challenges women to share short video responses about why they love their own (natural) hair. I love that you love my hair, but I only love that you love my hair if it’s an inspiration for you to love your hair.
We love Tracee’s response and to it we say, here here! Thou shall covet thy OWN hair for it’s all good…and beautiful.