A lot of us grew up believing that African women just couldn’t grow long, beautiful, natural healthy hair, and maybe this is why we pay millions annually to wear hair from every else other than our own heads. If you’re still walking around with the above stated delusion that our hair can’t grow please allow me to introduce you to Sierra Leone’s Desiree Venn Frederick aka @xodvf. I have been following this young woman for years both as an admirer of her commitment to holistic living, and for curating some of the most stylish shoots on our feeds. This is my girl crush du jour @XODVF!
The YouTube Guru describes herself like this:
I like to think of myself as the bastard lovechild of Miriam Makeba and Malcolm X relegated to vintage susohiki kimonos and ankara turbans / Africa taught me. a Salone titi who’s changing paradigms and shit / some may be humored / most aroused / others disgusted / all enlightened / you’re welcome.
i wrote this solely for melanite peoples. the you that is me. they have denied. enslaved. tortured. murdered. shamed. raped. immunized. colonized. institutionalized. sterilized. marginalized. pillaged. diseased. bastardized. feminized. masculinized. and criminalized our very existence and yet we are still here. they question. poke. research. dissect. investigate. imitate. your nature. and can never innerstand you. it is their fear that causes them to act so heinously. they fear you. your god being. know this. we are not a perfect people but we owe no one an apology. we have done what is necessary to survive and the universe supports us. know this. #universeisonyourside #assaultsagainstmymelanin #xodvf A photo posted by dvf (@xodvf) on