Olivia Anakwe, a Black runway model, started a movement on social media when she shared an awful experience she had on set at a show where stylists didn’t know how to tend to her natural hair and/or didn’t even care to know, a saga well known by many Black women in the entertainment industry. She said she hoped her message would encourage stylists “to expand their range of skills.”
As Olivia put it, “Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others?”
Well, Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown caught wind of Olivia’s post and helped spread awareness of the issue by tweeting about her own struggles with glam teams who have little to no knowledge of Black haircare or makeup. The hashtag #ActingWhileBlack quickly went viral, and more of Black Hollywood got involved to shed light on the blatant disregard for Black hair, complexion and more.
See Black Hollywood blast beauty pros for the unequal treatment they receive below:
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