I don’t know if you all remember this, but last August, Ashley Baker, then an editor at Glamour magazine, visited a law firm to discuss corporate fashion and in her presentation said that both dreadlocks and Afros were a major don’t. The press gave her hell about it (and rightfully so, in my opinion).
I’m an avid reader of Glamour magazine because despite its faults it’s a fun periodical that often has some compelling essays inside as well. BUT when I found out about this I was not happy and I was fuming when a reader wrote in saying that Baker was right and that folks calling this statement racist needed to pipe down. I can’t call Baker racist because I don’t know that lady, but I feel her comments were insensitive and uninformed. But that’s just me.
Jezebel.com reported today that in the December issue of Glamour (I haven’t gotten my issue in the mail yet) editors give a black reader who is a marketing executive a makeover and guess what… they gave her a too cute curly ‘fro! (Click here to check it out.)
What do you think about dreadlocks and Afros? Do you think they’re unprofessional? (I promise not to attack you if you say yes.)
Also don’t forget, I’m still accepting submissions for the I Heart My Natural Hair photo gallery that I’m putting together for the site. So if you rock a natural ‘do, take a pic of your mane and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.