Actress and singer China McClain of Disney Channel’s “A.N.T. Farm” and “Daddy’s Little Girls” has grown up!
The 18-year-old from Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” recently posted an inspirational photo of her wearing her natural hair on Instagram, asking why we [black women and/or women of color] allow society to tell us who we are and what we should and shouldn’t look like, from the way we style our hair, to the clothes we wear, and our melanin skin.
Why do we let everyone else tell us what we should look like? How we should dress? How to wear our hair? What we can’t do based on our appearance or the color of our skin? Haven’t ever really worn my hair natural but I’m sick of straightening this magic. I’m a black girl and I’m hella proud✊? And whether you are black, white, brown, yellow, red, green, or purple you should be proud too because you’re BEAUTIFUL. Okay I’m done, luuu you all??
Her post is encouraging for women and girls around the world who just want to be free.
Let’s not allow others’ expectations of us to influence who we are, how we express ourselves, and who we become.
We are created just the way we are meant to be, and the best way to be grateful is to accept and love all of who we are, unconditionally, regardless of what others think or say.
Not only is China stepping into her own, but she’s flying career-wise! Next month, you can watch her in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants 2”, then on the CW’s upcoming black superhero drama “Black Lightening”, as the retired hero’s youngest daughter.
Take a first look at China’s #blackgirlmagic in the series below.
Justice walks like thunder and strikes like lightning. #BlackLightning is coming soon to The CW! pic.twitter.com/amDvuo8hpq
— Black Lightning (@blacklightning) May 18, 2017
Seeing China bloom from the witty, feisty little girl she was into the fun, fierce and confident young woman she is today is beautiful!
Let’s take a page from her #proudtobeblack book and choose to be who we are, fearlessly!