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Friday, October 24, 2008

Beauty Inspiration: Wakeema Hollis

One of the 3 people that avidly read this blog (LOL) requested that I bring back the Beauty Inspiration posts that feature natural, beautiful looking women of color with curly/coily textured hair who happen to be models/entertainers. I miss that segment from my blog too. Seriously, how often do we see natural beauty celebrated in our youth, Eurocentric obsessed American culture?

The "It" Model du jour came to mind: Wakeema Hollis. She is a Sistah Southerner, originally from Memphis, TN. She is 24 years old and has worked steadily in the past 3 years in editorials and on the runway constantly( a size 4 and 5'9"). I hear she has a great spirit and is easy to work with/around...apparently not a cell-phone thrower. Ha!

Well, there is not much to add because she is so naturally beautiful, with especially thick gorgeous hair and lips. When I look into her eyes, I see nothing but opportunity.

I think the one above and below are my favorite photos of her.

This is how some girls with both attitudes and weaves/ perm look at me too. LOL!

I appreciate the photos below equally as much. They show the versatility of working with a models natural hair. In the first photo, she looks Amazonian and glamorous; whereas in the second pic, she looks cute and gamine.

Do any of the other 2 people that are avid readers have any comments? LOL!



onyxcherry said...

Love it. This african beauty is absolutely stunning. She has legs for days too. Thanks for posting this, I would never have known she existed.

WandaWoman said...

I felt compelled to leave a comment. I don't comment often, but i do read your blog consistently. I like the beauty pieces. I had not heard of Wakeema. She's a beautiful girl and the one pictures, her legs go on forever. Amazing.

Naturally Sophia said...

Thanks for commenting. Without any feedback from the readers, it's hard to gauge what to post or if anyone else shares my interest.

Meikmeika said...

She gorgeous but has such a down to earth look to her. She gives off a fun vibe and those legs...Oh My!!!

Meikmeika said...

Oh, I also wanted to say I like the Beauty Inspiration posts!!

CarmenNC said...

She's a very pretty young lady. She looks so sincere in her photos. I'm not found of her top lip not having a cupid bow. But, hey some people might not be found that I have a top and lower belly. HAHAHA. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.

Have you ever thought about doing a give away?

cheleski said...

ah, man, i wanna be an avid reader!!!! i love her look and those legs are CRAZY!!!

I will try and add you to my blogroll so I can keep up with you 2...i know oh so well how that feeling is: hello, anybody out there????? echo.....wait....echo...wait....

also-share-what's so hard about your routine? are you still getting your hair tightened by a consultant? and let me know how the gathering goes. i would like to facilitate one as well!

Anonymous said...

She is really pretty and I too love the photo with the girl with relaxed hair looking at her in an envious fashion. I like it because natural hair is being respected in a new way. To me it seems like in the 70s blacks were first being able to come out and say that they were proud to be natural and themselves but then most of them cut all that hair off after going through the "phase". I have family members that were natural then that would never go natural now. It makes me angry when people say that it isn't professional to have natural hair, telling us that professional is northern, white hair. They even discriminate against white women. One of my white friend's has long, dark curly hair and she used to wear it out all the time, then one of her supervisors told her it was too sexy so now she straightens it a lot.
I feel like with this new natural hair movement it will stick. It isn't like the previous movement which was based on a true discovery and placing value in black hair for the first time, but that happened when a lot of revolutionary events were occurring so came then passed. This new movement is quieter but stronger and would not have happened without the first but I feel like it will last. Black people are not taking their relaxers out simply because it is easier, they are making a conscious lifestyle choice and it is happening at all ages.

Naturally Sophia said...

Anon- Your comments were truly powerful. I had not consciously compared he movement of the 60s/70s to now. You have great perscpectives. Comment anytime.

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