You can find her in the May issue of Essence in a feature on natural hair!
Sunshine debuted her big chop on BGLH back in July 2009 when she participated in guest blogger week. She said
“I was living in Atlanta when I started to reevaluate things. Never before in my life had I seen so many black women wearing lace front wigs, false eye lashes and MAC makeup as I did in Atlanta. I started to feel like I was in an army of fake barbie dolls and started to feel that there was nothing unique about me. I felt like based on my appearance I was just one of those girls in Atlanta trying to star in a video. It seemed like we were all fronting, trying very hard to be something that we weren’t. I started to detest the whole idea that someone (other than myself) created this image of beauty and was selling it by the case load to women like me.
It was then that I decided I wanted a change in my life. I wanted to decide what was beautiful for me. I wanted to stop relying on this “Bourgeois” mentality I had so readily soaked up and find out who I really was beneath it all. So first I took out the weave. But there was still relaxer on my hair, and I wanted to shed it all! So about a week after I took out the weave, I woke up early on that Saturday and I drove around until I found an open barbershop. I walked in and asked the barber to cut it all off like a man’s hair cut.”
(For the full interview click HERE.)
Since then Sunshine has gone on to do big things. She is the founder of Natural Sunshine.com (an AWESOME natural hair community!) and opened her own shop Peace, Love and Sunshine Products. And now Essence. Congrats girl!
Did any of you see the feature? What are your thoughts on Essence embracing natural hair in a bigger way?