Weave is the standard when it comes to famous black woman singers. And although weaves and clip-ins are worn by entertainers of all races, black women in particular face scrutiny for wearing them, all while the immense cultural pressure they face to look ‘acceptable’ is willfully ignored.
Sony music executive L.A. Reid inadvertently gave insight into that pressure when he recently appeared on talk show The Real.
When asked what elements are most important to a pop star’s image, hair was one of his replies.
“Well first of all it’s talent. It’s talent, it’s personality. But you know what the big thing is to me, it’s the hair baby. You gotta have the hair. I’m looking at your hair the minute you walk in. Because the hair is as important as the chorus of a song. You know, we make choruses so people will sing along. You do the hair so people will imitate you. So if the hair is not right you miss half the battle.”
This weirdly drew applause from the audience. You can hear Reid’s remarks below at the 0:07 mark.
Reid never specified what kind of hair, but Rihanna, Tony Braxton, Mariah Carey and Ciara are among the many artists he has cultivated. All sport straight or loosely curled hair of various lengths.
The entertainment industry is all about money and image, I get that. But I don’t believe it justifies perpetuating beauty standards that deliberately devalue natural black beauty.
Ladies what are your thoughts?