Hair is Political!

Oct 8, 2012

I can honestly say I never gave any thought to Michele Obama's hair or how it gets that way until we started preparing for today's show, which is about hair.

I mean, I guess I've always thought she looks great, but that's about it. But now that you mention it, I suppose the First Lady's hair is a complicated thing. It probably takes a lot of work in the salon to get it to look that way. It's probably nothing like the way it looks naturally. And it's part of a dance, for her and other black woman. Is she doing it to conform to a Eurocentric standard of beauty, to get ahead in a world where she might be penalized for looking some other way, or just because she likes her hair like that? It might be impossible to, you should pardon the expression, unbraid all those strands, so tightly are they wrapped around one another. We know we're not imagining the politics of Obama hair because when young Malia wore her hair more naturally during a trip in Rome, she was criticized. Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us@wnprcolin.