Black girl magic is so much more than an empowering hashtag. It comes in countless shapes and sizes and exists everywhere — in congress, on cable TV, and at the top of the Billboard charts — and there’s no denying its potency. That's why Black Girls Rock is so special: It's an award show that brings trailblazing Black women together to celebrate each other. Though the actual ceremony was held earlier this month, tears streamed — and tweets trended — when it officially aired on BET last night.
"I take hair very seriously, okay?" Taraji P. Henson, who hosted the event, said during the show (while showing off some very '80s lewks from her past). "There are so many examples of gorgeous Black women changing the world and perceptions of beauty. And that's what tonight is all about. Celebrating the fearless women who remind us every day that the sky is not the limit — it's only the view."
Well, Taraji, we take hair seriously, too — and take every opportunity to celebrate it. Ahead, see some of the strongest natural hairstyles from the magical evening... and try not to get blinded by all of the sparkle.
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“My inspiration for Taraji's red carpet look was what every Black little girl is born with – curly, kinky, wavy hair," stylist Tym Wallace tells us of host Taraji P. Henson's short, natural crop. "I wanted to show them how beautiful it is to have natural hair and still be inspired and empowered to be a Black Girl who can and will rock.”
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Issa Rae's stylist, Felicia Leatherwood, tells us that this disco 'fro was inspired by a photoshoot where Rae channeled Solange. "The big Afro looked really beautiful on her," Leatherwood says. "I wanted to give that to her again, for the people that did not see it in print. I wanted them to see the beauty of Issa in many different ways."
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