If Michelle Obama Were Natural…

by Brande Victorian

Every day, more and more women are forgoing “creamy crack” in favor of their natural tresses, but imagine what a bold statement it would be if the First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama, showed up on the scene with natural hair.

One talented Photoshop designer took that visual from imagination to semi-reality with the photo we see here of the FLOTUS rocking a fierce head of big, bold curls that set Twitter on fire.  Blogger Curly Nikki swooned over the image shared online but the more people fell in love with the natural fabulousness, the more this sentiment popped up: “it’s gorgeous but America ain’t ready.”

As much as we hate to admit it, it’s true. If the hair that naturally grows from black women’s heads is said to be inappropriate for the workplace, I can only imagine what would be said about it inside the White House. Sigh. At least with this pic a girl can dream.

Do you think America’s ready for a natural-haired FLOTUS?

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Would her natural tresses alter the fact that she is smart?!
    Would her natural tresses alter the fact that, her being black is the issue, not her hair?!
    Would her natural tresses alter the fact that, the white America does not care about YOUR hair?!

    The answer is NO!!!!! STOP IT peoplez with this mundane natural hair obsession, and the over politicization of it.

  • http://itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    Please just stop the madness, stop it right this second. Natural, relaxed, locs, shaved, it all comes down to this: IT. IS. JUST. F*CKING HAIR.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    @ Sasha,

    You and I both…It’s just HAIR! But you know them folks be getting all Oprah on us, they feel renewed, their spirits are cleansed, they feel like they can scale Mt.Kilimanjaro! Which is great, but COTTAMN!

  • omfg

    no it is not just f*ucking hair.

    sorry folks, it just isn’t.

    this is a case where you simply cannot believe what you think. lol.

  • http://itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    Hahaha right?!? I couldn’t find the word for it but you hit the nail on the head with your post- it is an obsession. Its just sick. Your hair is just that hair, no different from your fingernails and the way you decide to style/ wear them. Are we going to start a short finger nails movement?!

  • again

    This has already been talked about and we know about the natual vs straight perception in the corporate world.

    I’m natural…have been for 10 years and it took a while to learn how to properly manage my textue..but I finally got it.

    Everyone does not want to do that…a lot prefer the easiness of the relaxer
    (including my mom who went natural 5 years after me…went straight to locs…chopped them off after 4 years and tried to do the free strand natural thing…she is 50 and did not have the patience..so she went back to the relaxer..I was really bummed but understood)

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com girlformerlyknownasgrace

    For some people it is more than hair especially when you work in a field where White people act like you are dirty if you are natural. That is when the “personal becomes politcal.” otherwise it is just hair. For others they have life experiences that have influenced their hairstyle choices.

  • http://www.jessicasimien.com Jessica

    Why do people get so upset about how the next person wants to wear their hair? Going natural is a choice, just like having a perm is. I used to roll my eyes at natural haired women, but now I understand how it feels after being natural for almost a year. Do I love my hair? Yes. Am I positive I’ll never perm my hair again? Yes. Do I try to recruit people to go natural? No. There are some people who really are obsessed with their hair, but I think its because you go on this journey of rediscovering how to care for your hair and there aren’t as many resources for us as for women with relaxed hair. But the bottom line is, people like what they like and that is all there is to it.

    I think Michelle Obama’s hair is gorgeous as it is, but I would have to agree that “America isn’t ready.” Because just like the comment above, it is more than just hair. I’ve realized that after being on both sides of the fence.

  • Nat

    +1000

  • Nnaattaayy

    I know right?!

    Obviously its not “just” hair, or that Brazilian girl would not have been banned from entering her university.

    All these people saying it’s just hair need to tell that to the white folk, not the author!

  • D2damurf

    I agree with you on all points–as far as I am concerned when it come to hair to each her own. As non-natural chick, I can appreciate a well done twist out–but I honestly feel it’s just not for me. I don’t even mind listening to how natural sisters take care of their hair. It’s only when I feel like women are trying to, as you say, “recruit” me to the movement –”You should go natural… I mean your hair looks good now, but it would be sooooo much healthier.”–that I get aggravated.

    As some have already said I think we should appreciate the beauty of black women, (whatever, shape, size, texture that may be) and celebrate the fact that we do have options that allows us to be creative in expressing ourselves.

  • ThisIshRightHere

    Interesting texture the photoshop-er chose for Mrs. O. I think that’s all I have to say about that…

    At any rate, there’s already natural hair in the white house. See: Obama, Sasha and Obama, Malia

  • PCPDN

    No, hair is just hair. You wear it for you – not for those around you. Now, if you decide to do that then, that is a problem you have. While most would argue white people feel uncomfortable when your hair is not relaxed, I know several sistahs who wear their hair “natural” and have gotten jobs at Fortune 500 companies – and they ain’t mopping floors!Also, this praise for the photoshopped pic is a hard pill to swallow as not many praise everyday sistahs with “natural” hair. Rocking “natural” hair (from someone who’s been doing it for quite sometime and has a bestie who’s been that way for her entire life), has only become a trend that women follow no different from fashion. So as far as this making a “statement” that’s all it will is a statement.

  • fancypants

    She is natural (no relaxer), she just gets it straightened. Please let this go already…

  • PCPDN

    Girl, you ain’t neva lied about the type of texture chosen! I meant to mention that in my comment; what some people don’t realize is there is a certain preference among some as to which “natural” hairstyle is beautiful and which, well, isn’t. It’ sad, and I do agree with you on the point of natural hair already being in the White House!

  • mahogany

    I personally, my hair has never been an issue with white people. They were always the first one to tell me they loved my hair especially when I first became natural. I was actually getting the side eye from black people, including family members.

    We need to embrace ourselves no matter the texture of our hair.

  • Jess

    OH PLZZZZZ…What’s wrong with the texture they chose? It looks great! Michelle could definitely pull it off. I’m with African Mami! Wear your hair however the heck you want to! STraight, nappy, kinky, curly, or starightened. It’s up to you – stop letting white people define how you should wear your hair. And YES – The reason some of you are all up in arms ranting that we should always wear our hair natural is in reaction to white people. who cares whatthey think? if you find a place that makes it clear they wont hire you because your hair is natural, then that’s what the EEOC was made for! In brazil, until they are able to put laws in place to thwart racist jerks, they will still have to worry about hair discrimination. but the reality is that this is no longer the case in the U.S. If a racist jerk says something negative about Black people’s hair, then he is just that – a racist jerk. If he tries to fire or not hire you due to your hair naturallness, he is a racist jerk that is about to make you a million bucks richer after you sue!

    Otherwise, don’t worry about it. Do you – straight or natural. The beauty of Black hair is that we can wear it in so many ways – straight or natural. I alternate dily – some days I wear it bone straight, other days completely natural, up or down.

  • binks

    Right! She rocks a mean press already. Personally she looks great either way to me. But I am not going to police women on their hair choices I am just not….but to answer the question when is America ready for anything? Just because people are ready doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.

  • http://Getmeloll.blogspot.com Getmelolly

    Aunty Michelle has my vote, natural, relax, jeri or press & curl!! she could wear a blond wig for all I care!

  • PCPDN

    The texture is something people prefer versus a one of a tighter kink. I do agree, wear your hair how you want, but do realize that if she had a full blown fro, people would be a little less praiseworthy and more cautionary. Then again, it is Mrs. Obama, so people would like it regardless. Sad.

  • Ocean Breezy

    Right!

    If it were ‘just hair’, a lot of hair salons would be out of business and there wouldn’t be three beauty supply stores in a one mile radius in certain neighborhoods.

  • Velma

    This looks great…I love it. She could do it here in the states….but it’s overseas where everyone would just fall in love with her. We’re more appreciated outside of the U.S. for being who we are, just as we are.

  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    Considering how they dug at her for her arms (seriously, wtf?!), her wearing her natural hair would make certain folks have a heart attack…..not a bad idea, if you ask me.

  • au napptural

    If it were just hair people wouldn’t be burning the heads of babies with toxic chemicals, more black women would be able to swim and enjoy the hair the Creator gave them, and most of all white ppl wouldn’t constantly be trying to touch it! History shows it’s a lot of things but “just hair” isn’t one of them. Loving your blackness is a political act in this world.

  • au napptural

    My heart stopped when I saw this pic. She’s already beautiful but in this pic she is just…BAD! Work it out girl! She needs to go ahead and rock the natural for real.

  • pink

    Good points African. But she looks fabulous with the curls!!

  • pink

    I for one don’t give a rat’s ass what “white people” think about my hair, or anything else. Sometimes (some) black people act like white people are the litmus test for what’s going on in the world. White people do not define me!!!

  • pink

    Ok people…..keep making everyone else rich. 95% of beauty supply stores are owned by asians, or indians; yet black people are 98% of their customers. Also women keep putting chemicals in your hair, and making it bone straight. Your hair is getting thinner, and thinner every year. And the wigs/weaves/braids are rubbing the sides, and front of you hair away. We as women are so vain.

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