In an interview with VladTV, Tatyana Ali opened up about people’s obsession with the her hair. “When I was younger it was something that set me apart, and not necessarily in a good way,” the actress said.
Ali, whose mother is Panamanian and father is Trinidadian, revealed she was not always fond of her “good hair.”
“My mom is Black, she’s from Panama and my dad is Indian, he’s from Trinidad. Even if you look at like the color of my hair with my Indian friends, my hair is more ‘Indian.’ It’s funny. When I was younger [my hair] was something that set me apart and not necessarily in a good way, from other girls that I knew. Not that I was so much made fun of but it felt like I was made to seem different. It’s kinda..it’s interesting, the thing you think is a flaw when you’re little…”
Growing up, she felt shunned and often “separated” from her family members who did not share the same hair texture.
“You have like a group of cousins playing and when you separate the children that way, you’re doing as much damage to the child you’re calling out for having good hair as you are [to the other children] because you’re creating this separation that isn’t true,” Ali explained. Ali believes her story is not often discussed in the Black community, where individuals with “good hair” are regarded as more desirable and beautiful. When Chris Rock released his 2009 film “Good Hair,” which discussed the complex relationship of Black women and their hair, Ali wished Rock would have reached out to her.
“When Chris Rock did Good Hair, I was like ‘Oh my God, he should’ve interviewed me!’ because I feel like there’s one side of the story, which he told very, very well, but then there’s another side of the story, which is…you have a group of cousins playing together and you separate the children that way, you’re doing as much damage to that child that you’re calling out for having good hair…You’re creating this separation that isn’t true.”
“I grew up wanting to be able to twist my hair and to wear my hair like my mom did and my aunts did because I wanted to be like them, I didn’t wanna be different. [Just that term ‘good hair’] is crazy. Caribbean people do it even worse, they’ll say crazy things like, and there’s colorism too, ‘Oh yeah, she’s so dark but she has good hair.’ It’s crazy. It literally is crazy.”
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