Now, in the latest example of creativity, we have a stylist that puts models on a runway wearing scouring pad material for hair in “homage” to black people. There’s a black woman wearing it also! A little background here. In Brazil, this scouring pad is called “bombril” and has for many years been a racist insult used against persons with cabelo crespo (kinky/curly hair) or what is known in Brazil as “cabelo ruim (bad hair)”. It was how a blogger depicted a black reality show contestant several years ago and was also the topic of a protest of a sponsor’s advertisement on a television show last year. Does someone really think that comparing afro textured hair to a scouring pad is an “homage”? Really? Brazil never fails to amaze me! Read the story below courtesy of Vogue Brasil.
Sharing space with hairpins and sprays, on the bench of the backstage parade of popular Brazilian stylist Ronaldo Fraga, was some unusual material: steel wool. In homage to the arrival of blacks in Brazilian soccer, the beauty artist Marcos Costa created a hairstyle using a range of metallic utensil. This served as a crown on the head of the models, fastened with strategically placed hairpins wrapping hair strands stuck into a low bun. “The supposedly bad hair is actually a potential sculpture,” he said.
Representing the joy of the sport, Marcos idealized colored lipsticks (some models wore orange, while others wore pink, all were products of Natura). To complete the looks, skin with a lightweight base finished with bronze powder on the cheeks.
Photos taken during the 2014 São Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW)
Source: Vogue Brasil