Yesha Callahan

French Magazine Compares Solange’s Afro To Armpit Hair

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Solange is usually praised for her timeless beauty and sartorial prowess but her hair has been a regular target for the ignorant. In Touch Weekly once compared her ‘fro to a dog’s hair.

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And now Public Magazine joins that deplorable list with a caption in the French glossy that compares Solange’s afro to armpit hair. It reads: “Coiffee comme un dessous de bras” and translates loosely to “hair like an underarm.”

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The corresponding pictures show Solange’s natural hair picked out and worn in a curly protective style. In both images, her hair looks beautiful in its texture and fullness. Since she dares to embrace her hair as it is, without chemical manipulation, she’s the subject of constant discriminatory attacks by fashion publications.

Like when Giuliana Rancic linked Zendaya’s locs to weed and patchouli oil, it’s important for these so-called fashion critics to know the difference between thoughtful opinions and plain old ignorance. And when they attack natural hairstyles with damaging stereotypes and comparisons to animals and the like, they demean an entire community and race of women.

What are your thoughts on Public Magazine’s attack on Solange’s natural hair?

  1. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    This post is a bit contradictory, but crap like the French magazine is not really worth worrying about. White approval is not necessary for black beauty.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      No offense to you, Anthony.
      For me, there are times when I strongly dislike it when a man tells a woman (or women) that this type of ‘ish shouldn’t matter to us.It’s a diluted cousin of the gas-lighting technique While the attack on Black men are overt, I feel like us Black women are being covertly assaulted, .
      Sure, we shouldn’t expect anything different from publications that are

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply

        @Michelle

        No offense taken. If you feel that you have to actively counteract what that that magazine said, you have my support and respect.

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply

        @Michelle

        Hey Michelle…
        It feels pretty overt to me. Michelle Obama went from first lady to a monkey to a man in 2.5 seconds and nobody batted an eye.

        • March 30, 2015 - Reply

          @Love.tweet.joi

          I meant that these attacks are the types, where you’ll have people (the ones who are not the targets) say ‘Oh, just brush it off! It’s just one person’s ignorant opinion!’ rather than the overt attack, which could be things like …death.

          • March 30, 2015 - Reply

            @Michelle

            I can say that as a large, dark skinned, and nappy headed man, I have been the target of attacks over all of the traits I just mentioned. I have had to learn to hold my head up regardless of what folks say who don’t like how I look, and that dwelling on the words of negative people has never helped me deal with life. I acknowledge how they feel, but I resolved long ago to embrace who I am, and not let myself be run down by those who have an issue with me.

            • March 30, 2015 - Reply

              @Anthony

              I imagined you skinny and lightskinned LMAO

              • March 31, 2015 - Reply

                @Love.tweet.joi

                No, when I was in my prime, I was 6′ 290 lbs. with a 56″ chest from weightlifting. I’m old now, and some of that weight has gone south!

                • March 31, 2015 - Reply

                  @Anthony

                  Whatever Anthony! Get up! It’s Gym Day!!!

                  • March 31, 2015 - Reply

                    @Love.tweet.joi

                    OK!

                    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

                      @Anthony

                      Down ten pounds. Got your gym bag?!

      • March 31, 2015 - Reply

        @Michelle

        But don’t you think a big part of why these white publications are doing this is because it’s well known by now that Black men grossly under-appreciate Black women and won’t speak out to protect us? Not saying it’s the only reason.

        • April 1, 2015 - Reply

          @Beroa

          I concur, I know most Bm choose black women. It just pains me that the ones who do dont speak out agianst the ones that downgrade us. Men need other men to check them, and we as black women dont have that.

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      CO-SIGN! So many Black people LOVE to point out how much whites don’t accept Black beauty or Black features but PLENTY of Blacks don’t accept non diluted African beauty or African textured hair either or not if they can avoid it. Black folks STILL call each other’s hair foul things like “naps” and “n——r naps.” Everybody knows that a whole lotta Blacks hate the usual UNDILUTED African looks AND hair.

      It doesn’t matter that white folks started it, which is the usual excuse that Blacks make when this is brought up. That excuse sounds SO retarded!

      Black folks need to tell the pure, unadulterated TRUTH for once and stop hiding behind what whites don’t like. If Blacks accepted THEMSELVES, then white non-acceptance would be minor, like a pimple. As a man, you don’t experience this but these days, plenty of Black women get rejected for having NON-diluted African looks faster by Black men than by other men who might find her looks “exotic.”

      • March 31, 2015 - Reply

        @Beroa

        I confess that I refer to my own hair as nappy. I know some use that term in a derogatory way, but I use describing myself simply as some with very kinky hair that will not make a puffy Afro without substantial work.

        When I was single, I tended to love women who were either very dark or quite fair. I have always thought that both looks are cool in their own way. I ended up marrying a woman who is quite dark, but I don’t think I would have loved my race any less if I had ended up marrying some of the women I dated who looked biracial. I think the key is that we truly love ourselves. If we love ourselves, we won’t have the urge to crack on Blue Ivy’s hair or Wesley Snipes complexion, or my tinnie weenie Afro!

  2. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    For the first time, I finally realize that Blue Ivy’s hair is Beyonce’s form of rebellion. She can’t style her hair the way she wants to and she’s sick of these wigs. She probably wishes she could just wear her own hair on stage.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Love.tweet.joi

      Bey can wear her hair like that though. It’s all in what she wants to gain and loose…

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply

        @Delia

        Absolutely. Beyonce has sacrificed just about every aspect of her life for her career. And while it started out as her choice, she’d probably have to go “Dave Chappelle” and buy an F Hollywood Ranch in order to get out of the commitments she’s made. Even then, she’d probably get sued into oblivion. #allspeculationofcourse

        • March 30, 2015 - Reply

          @Love.tweet.joi

          She’s got enough F-You money to take the hit.

          • March 30, 2015 - Reply

            @Delia

            I don’t know…would she, if she left Jay? Could she take the hit if he turned on her? I don’t know.

            • March 30, 2015 - Reply

              @Love.tweet.joi

              She can. It’s all in what she wants out of this life.

          • April 1, 2015 - Reply

            @Delia

            Eff You money, yesssss! I was listening to Dr. Boyce Watkins yesterday and when he talked about F U $ I nearly fell out of my chair!

            • April 1, 2015 - Reply

              @KnottyNatural

              That’s who inspired my reply. I gotta get his books.

        • March 30, 2015 - Reply

          @Love.tweet.joi

          I can’t wait to finally see the “real” Beyonce. It probably won’t be till she’s much older though.

          • March 30, 2015 - Reply

            @roo08

            I want her to wait until she’s like 90 and write a book so I can get the real story. I should be 82 LOL. That was shade.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Love.tweet.joi

      Maybe after Beyonce’s star has cooled off, she will go natural since her she will no longer be seeking to expand the fan base.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Love.tweet.joi

      Blue Ivy is a BABY! What is the discussion about her hair???
      BLACK GIRLS ROCK!

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply

        @mariah asphalt

        Oh lord, here comes the beyhive. BUZZ OFF. Nobody’s talking to you. *Sprays Off*

        • March 31, 2015 - Reply

          @Love.tweet.joi

          Well, I’m talking to you, chickie. But, I’m sure, just like most things about you, you don’t know nothing much about nothing, especially about how I do MY hair. So, YOU BUZZ off, Suki!

  3. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    Disgusting! The author of these lines should be fired.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @elsay

      I’m sure there’s a promotion coming…

  4. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    Can’t Black women just live? I mean, it’s always something. We’re unattractive. We’re not healthy. We’re lonely. Now our natural hair looks like underarm hair. I’ve never seen one group of women be berated as consistently as Black women who are just going about our lives.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Shells

      and yet the First Lady gets ridiculed for expressing some sort of black women empowerment smh…

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Shells

      The problem that they have with us has nothing to do with what’s on the outside. I know you know this, but it’s 100% about who we are on the inside. NO ONE ELSE could be berated as much as we are and STILL be so damm confident and strong. NO ONE ELSE could withstand the attacks on them and still climb the corporate ladder all the while looking flawless. That attitude that people complain about, the frowns we have on our faces when we don’t realize people are watching us, I feel that is the result of the hurt and pain seeping out of us when we can’t keep it in anymore. Still, we don’t kill ourselves. We raise our children. We live anyway.

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply

        @Love.tweet.joi

        TRUTH!!!

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply

        @Love.tweet.joi
        • March 30, 2015 - Reply

          @Roberta McCulloch Dews

          Judging from the upvote, I’m going to assume that the fists represent the Black Power salute (I was thinking of the 1968 Olympics but that’s two fists not three)…and they don’t represent you wanting to punch me for anything I said. 🙂

          • March 30, 2015 - Reply

            @Love.tweet.joi

            Co-sign all the way

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Shells

      Earlier today, I read an article that was about the 2015 edition of “Black Girls Rock”. In one part, the author mentioned a quote from Cicely Tyson’s speech in which she she says (and I am paraphrasing), “…they won’t bother to try to take down something that isn’t what they consider to be a threat..”

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Shells

      white supremacy and its followers to thank for that…

  5. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    My under arm hair is bone straight so you know they’re being racist.

  6. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    I didn’t know that other races grow Afro textured hair under their arms. All this time I thought their shit was straight. -__-

    I wonder…what do these curly haired, non-black chicks have to say now?? Last time I checked they were so adamant about being part of the natural hair movement. Where is their outrage??? Yeah…I thought so.

    *Remains immune and uncaring about irrelevant white opinions about our hair*

    #teamnatural

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Ms. Vee

      I’m team natural too! My non pressed hair blends perfectly with my kinky straight weave. Wait, that’s not the same?

  7. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    White “people” all over the world are insanely JEALOUS of Black women ALL OVER THE WORLD!

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @mariah asphalt

      Teach.

  8. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    This proves that France is not as progressive as some assume it to be. The French magazine is wrong to disrespect a black woman’s natural hair. They are jealous of the beauty of black women. They ought to just leave Solange alone and allow her to live her life. She is blessed and that magazine’s ignorant, stupid antics will never crush her spirit. Also, Solange’s music is amazing. Some of my favorite songs from her are Life Side Drive, Freedom, Under Construction, etc.

    #Je suis ne pas Charlie.

    Nous serons toujours aimer la justice et la vérité .

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      They’re problably as many racists in France than in the USA.

      The racist comment published in this rag was
      condemned in the column of several important French journals this
      morning so this is not like this is considered okay to say that.
      (no need to bring the slaughtered journalists in this particular conversation.)

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply

        @elsay

        There is racism globally. Racism and oppression should be condemned in France and in America.

        That French magazine disrespecting Solange has been condemned by many people. I do acknowledge that. Me showing the phrase “Je ne suis pas Charlie” has nothing to do with supporting journalists being slaughtered. It has to do with condemning the xenophobic, Islamophic, misogynistic, and racist pictures found in that magazine. The phrase that I have used was a political statement in condemning Islamphobia and imperialism. Imperialists have exploited the deaths of the innocent journalists as an excuse for them to spread imperial policies throughout the Earth. So, I have no regrets about using that phrase. I have none.

        • March 30, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          “Je ne suis pas Public Mag” would be more a propos…

          • March 30, 2015 - Reply

            @elsay

            I see what you mean.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Anyone who things France is progressive (in the American sense of the word) is a fool.

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply

        @Pema

        Mosques have been vandalized in France and there are laws that are against civil liberties in France too.

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      If the truth be known, the French are quite backward.

      • March 31, 2015 - Reply

        @mariah asphalt

        Many of the French are backward and some of them are progressive. Many Afro-French activists are fighting for liberation.

  9. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    Next month they will feature a white model with an afro wig, talking ’bout ooh la la afro c’est mad chic!!

    Eff them peckerwoods.

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      Dont you know its always edgy and cute when ww have our style and features?

  10. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    Me and my armpit hair, as well as the hair that truly is in my armpit, can ignore these people.

    I urge other African American women to do the same!

  11. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    Yet non black women still want to “fro and crown row and loc” their hair. Go figure.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Everything is only tacky on brown skin. Wasn’t there a French Journalist who wrote that black women have no style? She could’ve been American. I can’t remember. I need to Google.

  12. March 31, 2015 - Reply

    I will never comprehend white people’s obsession with Blacks. If all Black folk up and moved to a deserted continent somewhere, you bet your azz these clowns will come prying within one month.

    The thirst is ridiculous.

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @TeflonD

      Hey Teflon, I think Blacks make them feel superior. If they didn’t have us to criticize, then their grandiose opinions of themselves would have no merit in their pitiful eyes.

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @TeflonD

      Amen.

  13. March 31, 2015 - Reply

    I have lived in Paris. They claim to have no issues with race and boy do they. All subtle but they do. Good wine and cheese though but the men are creepy towards black women. Total weird fetish thing. Yuck.

  14. March 31, 2015 - Reply

    France? Being racist? Why I never!

  15. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    I think black women are beautiful. I expect nothing less from a eurocentric source tho. They dont love our folks.

  16. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    But wait tho, i thought white men loved our sisters….

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @james

      Most of the black women I know who live in Europe are married to white men. I did an exchange program in Paris in college and all the men who approached me were white. Same in Italy. BUT it is a weird fetish thing. They expect you to be some exotic “animal” who will entice them every second. I did not like it but interracial marriage is huge there. I would hope and assume those marriages are not creepy like some of the men who have fetishes. Dunno.

      • April 1, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        well, id imagine being in a country thats majority white, you’d have little choice but to date. But id also imagine the bigotry might be a lil more hardcore lol.

  17. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    It burns to a lot of yts that Black women are embracing their natural hair and using products from black owned companies instead of making them rich. Natural hair is beautiful and I will never buy another copy in Intouch SMH.

  18. April 4, 2015 - Reply

    Tina Knowles should go off on them. Her side of the family is the one with French blood, right? They even rep it with their names. Like someone else noted, what happens to the non-blacks with this similar texture?

    One thing I realize now is how much straight hair is coveted. People with wavy hair put heat to their hair, not just people with a mass of curls, or kinks and coils like me. But for Black women, we get dragged for altering our texture. We really get put on blast. And if we straighten our hair or add straight pieces/wigs, the Europeans get credit. I understand why, but they do not have the monopoly on straight hair. And on the flip side, when it’s time to bash kinks and coils, a Black person is mostly the subject. But that’s only because non-Blacks can get away with straightening their hair, people just assume it was straight naturally. Or they become “exotic” for having kinky hair.

  19. April 5, 2015 - Reply

    Gigantic head Giuliana Rancic is a skinny ass alien looking bitch.

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