Celebs on weaves vs natural hair!
It's 2015 and weaves and yellow bone comments are still an issue. SIGH!
A recent episode of 3Talk with Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu delved into issues facing women today. It was quite surprising to hear that some men "prefer women with weaves compared to natural hair," it was also astounding to hear that "yellowbone" women are perceived to be more beautiful than darker skinned women.
Noleen's panel of celebs included Pearl Thusi, Claire Mawisa, Celeste Ntuli, Dineo Lusenga, Sonia Motaung and Sureshnie Rider.
All of the celebs pretty much agreed that a woman should do what makes her happy - be it a weave or rocking your natural hair. Pearl, who is known for her trademark Afro, told women that whatever hairstyle you choose to wear should be for yourself.
Sonia, who is a well known businesswoman, explained that she felt that she got a lot more attention especially from guys if she had on a weave as compared to her natural hair. "I love dying my natural hair with different colours. But one day a guy friend told me that he would not date me with my natural hair because he likes doing things for his woman, and it felt as though I was perceived to be cheap because I didn't have to go to the salon every week to have my hair done," she explained.
Noleen was also quite interested to address the new phenomena of women being labelled "yellow bone," which is a term given to light skinned black women.
Noleen was shocked that considering the history of our country, people were still talking about colour even within their own race.
5FM DJ Sureshnie Rider explained that when she was growing up, her family would always tell her, "Black is beauty."
"I never understood why everyone would always tell me this and would also tell me that I have good features for a 'dark girl.' Older generations of Indian people also believed that a light skinned women would produce, light skinned generations of children," she added.
Sureshnie explained that even though a women's complexion should be a thing of the past it's certainly still rife in today's society.