I love being a '90s baby, but there are some aspects of Gen Z's childhood that leave me a little bit envious at times. When I was a wee lass, most of my friends and family members longed for relaxers at a very early age, and were relentless until our parents caved in. These days, little girls and boys are embracing their natural hair early on...including rapper Killer Mike's daughter.
The Run the Jewels musician posted about an exchange between his 10-year-old daughter, Mikey, and her mom, Muffy — one totally opposite from conversations I had with my own mother at that age. Basically, Mikey wanted to wear her hair in an Afro, and her mother wasn't too keen on the idea. "I talked to Mikey and then sent her mom this pic and suggested she buy a pretty headband to show it was on purpose," he captioned. "That was the compromise Mikey and I hatched." He went on to say that, while Muffy wasn't thrilled, she allowed Mikey to express herself with the hairstyle she wanted.
It's true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it's due time for those rigid standards of yesteryear to be expanded. Whether she knows it or not, Mikey's decision was bold. Natural hair was once (and sometimes still is) viewed as unkept and undesirable. Mikey's already finding the power within her coils...and that, in turn, has the potential to help her peers do the same as well.
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