My New Favorite Picture

My New Favorite Picture

Hi everyone,

I came across this picture yesterday on instagram last night and fell in love…. It’s open to your interpretation…. What do you see and think it means???

Here’s what I see Split ends being cut of and leaving someone with healthy hair like I preach all day … lol … but then if I am going to take it a bit deeper I would say… A strong black woman who comes from the earth, with her roots firmly grounded. However she is now being empowered and rising up … her roots will always be grounded in where she came from but she is being liberated to be herself… maybe through education(looks like a pencil behind her ear)

I don’t know these are just my thoughts… but I LOVE this pic and would love to hear what everyone else thinks it means …. please share 😀

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2 thoughts on “My New Favorite Picture

  1. I think she is shedding off a bit of herself (all the broken/split/unwanted/young girl bits) to give to her community and she is now free to let her hair down and write a new map for herself as a woman… It is a lovely pic 🙂

    • I like that …. 🙂 one of my followers Paula sent me something super interesting about the pencil behind her ear … Some history on The Pencil Test during Apartheid… Here’s what is was…

      “The pencil test is a method of assessing whether a person has Afro-textured hair. In the pencil test, a pencil is pushed through the person’s hair. How easily it comes out determines whether the person has “passed” or “failed” the test.

      “This test was used to determine racial identity in South Africa during the apartheid era, distinguishing whites from coloureds and blacks. The test was partially responsible for splitting existing communities and families along perceived racial lines. Its formal authority ended with the end of apartheid in 1994. It remains an important part of South African cultural heritage and a symbol of racism…….The Population Registration Act required the classification of South Africans into racial groups based on physical and socio-economic characteristics. Since a person’s racial heritage was not always clear, a variety of tests were devised to help authorities classify people. One such test was the pencil test.[1]

      The pencil test involved sliding a pencil or pen in the hair of a person whose racial group was uncertain.[2] If the pencil fell to the floor, the person “passed” and was considered “white”. If it stuck, the person’s hair was considered too kinky to be white and the person was classified as “coloured” (of mixed racial heritage).[1] The classification as coloured allowed a person more rights than one considered “black,” but fewer rights than a person considered white.[2]”

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