by Shelli of Hairscapades 

Last week, I shared an Infiniti commercial that featured a natural bride, because it really struck me and made me smile (see the commercial here).
Someone wrote an insightful comment on the post that ended with, “[I]s
it really necessary for a commercial to validate the beauty of natural
hair?”

This reply prompted me to explain a little more about why this
particular commercial struck me and my thoughts on the media as it
relates to natural hair:

“I’ve kind of always been a person who
dances to the beat of her own drummer. So, I don’t need it to validate
the beauty of natural hair. I just think that it’s nice to see,
especially for children and young women who may internalize the images
of beauty that they see promulgated by the media. I think the more we
see diversity in all things, the more people are able to recognize their
own beauty. So, again, although I don’t find it personally necessary
for me, I don’t discount the influence of media nor the role it plays in
the self-esteem of the impressionable.
I agree with what you say about the
actresses too and sometimes think it’s just the sheer numbers. As more
women become natural, more actresses auditioning for roles are natural. I
think it’s partly just those mathematics. If it used to be that 1 in
every 10 women who auditioned for a role was natural/curly and now it’s 5
in every 10 (just making up numbers, not saying that this is the
reality), the chances increase that the actress cast will be natural.
But yeah, this one excited me … again, I
think because she was a bride and even some natural women still seem to
struggle with the idea of wearing their hair in natural styles for their
wedding, because there is this residual idea that natural hair isn’t
sleek or elegant enough for “special occasions.” I love that we have
options and if someone wants to wear their hair straight because it’s a
way to switch it up for the day and make it a little different from
their daily look, or there is this particular style that they want, I’m
all for it. I just don’t like the idea that someone might not wear their
natural hair for a special occasion because it’s not “special” or
elegant enough. So, I just liked the image of the bride, because, again,
I do believe the media can influence self-image and public perception.
Okay, I’ve rambled and said my spiel!! LOL!! Just wanted to clarify why this particular commercial struck me:).”

Yeah … I know … that’s a mouthful

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All that being said, what are your thoughts on natural hair and the media?