This social media post has been floating around the internet for the last week, and I think it’s worth discussion. A woman who goes by the name Tiffany Buttafly posted the following message on social media last week, and it’s got folks pretty divided:
As an influencer with tight type 4 curls, I know for a fact that girls who look like me have far less opportunity for growth in the online natural hair game. There are probably 4-5 girls with 4b-4c hair who routinely collaborate with major brands, meanwhile, there are hundreds of girls with looser curls who routinely have access to those opportunities.
While I still continue to do my reviews and tutorials (Watch this one HERE), I know what time it is when it comes to the online natural hair world, and I don’t expect that it will ever be the market where I am embraced.
Just take a look at the engagement on the pictures of ladies with tighter curls on this popular natural hair page:
I would argue that the original poster’s argument is flawed in that the issue isn’t so much about the racial identify of the women in the community, but more so about the texture of their hair. I also don’t think it’s the fault of bi-racial women. I wouldn’t say they’ve high-jacked the movement, but I would say that the beauty industry favors light skin and looser/shiny curls. They also seem to like dark skin women with super long and thick hair. And this isn’t exactly news. I still see women with hair like me going natural and loving it, so I don’t know that biracial women are somehow preventing other naturals from loving themselves. Is texture discrimination frustrating at times? Sure, but I think there is room for all textures. Folks who look like me just have to push harder to break down the barriers and shift the thinking of the masses. We’re here and we’re not going anywhere!
What say you? Sound off below!