Beauty Lies

Beauty Lies

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Bad hair days are familiar to most women-but for those of African descent, the roots of discontent are more complex. Mass media fully represents models with long, straight hair. This is not the kind of hair they have naturally. Karen Chapman decides to investigate hair-the beauty industry, representation of hair in popular media and the link between beauty and power in society. Friends, family, a youth counselor, a former model and Canadian playwright Trey Anthony (Da Kink in My Hair) offer their comments. Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, a Sociology professor at the University of Toronto adds an analytical perspective dating back to colonization and slavery. As she proceeds through her exploration, Karen shaves her head and discovers a new sense of liberation and identity.

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