Cemarah’s Photo Essay

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Sophomore student Vania Gutierrez texts on her phone while showing off her straight beautiful natural hair.

8th grade student Taylor Wilson stands in the King Room during a Ladies Lounge meeting which attended at Kenwood Academy showing off her highlighted red and brown hair.
8th grade student Taylor Wilson stands in the King Room during a Ladies Lounge meeting which attended at Kenwood Academy showing off her highlighted red and brown hair.
3 Kenwood students stand in the hallway and has a conversation while showing off their red funky curly and puffy hair.
3 Kenwood students stand in the hallway and has a conversation while showing off their red funky curly and puffy hair.
 Junior student Kia Davis draws in art class while laughing with friends and showing off her black straight natural hair.
Junior student Kia Davis draws in art class while laughing with friends and showing off her black straight natural hair.
Sophomore student Asmina Turner stands in the halls of Kenwood showing off her curly dreadlocks.
Sophomore student Asmina Turner stands in the halls of Kenwood showing off her curly dreadlocks.
Sophomore student Anaya McDavid watchches Snapchat videos on her phone with her funky, curly, and classy ballerina bun.
Sophomore student Anaya McDavid watchches Snapchat videos on her phone with her funky, curly, and classy ballerina bun.
Kenwood sophomore plays in his curly natural hair.
Kenwood sophomore plays in his curly natural hair.
 Kenwood freshman student sits in the lunch room with her curly and big natural afro.
Kenwood freshman student sits in the lunch room with her curly and big natural afro.
Kenwood sophomore Mariah Taylor shakes her long natural blown out hair.
Kenwood sophomore Mariah Taylor shakes her long natural blown out hair.

My Story

People express their style many different ways. Some people do it with their shoes, and some people do it with their outfits. But the one I find the most interesting are people expressing themselves through their hair.

 

Back in the 50’s the style of having bone-straight hair was more acceptable. People found it more classy and appropriate, straight hair was the goal for everyone no matter how you got it, even if you had to use an iron to flatten it. But, everything has changed in the game of hair.

 

Natural hair has been expressed more and more in African-American culture, young men and women wear it in different ways maybe with bantu knots, finger coils, french braids, two-strand twists, blowout, etc. The Natural Hair Movement is an era of time for those who want stay true to their roots.


In my pictures, I want you see the story of art in Natural Hair, I want my pictures to tell a story of the creativity and the style that many people desire in their hair. I want my pictures to show how Kenwood Academy students are all about natural, how being natural is better than anything. The photo’s I shot is living proof of the beauty in our culture.