I am a black woman of Barbadian descent who was raised in England. Growing up in a country where NO ONE in the magazines looked like me was hard. It literally formed my impression that I was not beautiful. More importantly, I was the daughter in the family that everyone said “didn’t get the ‘good’ hair“. My hair was coarse, coiled and thick, and no matter what my mother did, it would not give. She’d spend time heating a hot comb on the stove and combing through my hair. It did not work (or as they said back then, my hair didn’t “take”). So where my sisters could straighten their hair and have all different styles with ringlets and ribbons, like the ‘white magazines’, I had to stick to a bun - the ‘**** sister’ who compensated by being the ‘smart’ one. I grew up never wanting to have my picture taken- I still struggle with that today.
I spent my life trying to find a straightener that would work, then spending a fortune on weaves and braids, because my natural look was intimidating to the corporate world too.
Fast forward to my first issue of Crwn arriving? I literally cried. I truly believe the little girl in me cried. It was SO beautiful and SO meaningful to see women of all shades with beautifully natural hair. I sat with the first edition for over 2 hours, at first tearful, then smiling.
Crwn: you have made sure that little girls of all shades will never again grow up in a world where no one in magazines looks like them. Where they can open a magazine and read about the issues that their community faces, or read about Black Love, or about being a Black business owner.
Whenever a new issue releases, I am so excited to receive it!! Not only is it an amazing read, the covers are so gorgeous, that even after reading you can display them on coffee tables and other places around your home. I could not recommend Crwn Magazine more!! Thank you for informing, entertaining, AND healing us!