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“Lupus forced me to become a natural black woman” | The Natural Socialite

In Hair on August 2, 2011 at 8:29 am

Model, Actress & Lupus activist, Tomiko Fraser

Today I read an interesting article written by a woman named Yasmin Barracks who was “forced” into going natural per say due to a drastic hair loss caused by an autoimmune illness, Systemic Lupus (SLE).  Initially in the article, she explains how she was “neither happy nor impressed with being natural, as natural hair was not an appealing element to what it means to be beautiful as a black woman .”  She later admits that she eventually  “adapted” to natural  hair styles that she originally felt would cause her to be an outcast.

As disheartening as it was for me to read that this young woman initially had these feelings once she learned that she would have to let go of chemical relaxers, I respect her honesty and willingness to share her personal thoughts and feelings about what undoubtedly must to be a very emotional and trying time for herself as well as her family.  The fact of the matter is that I am sure many women feel this way about transitioning their hair to a natural state, and it continues to sadden me when I think about how we as women sometimes struggle with becoming who we were always intended to be.  I am in no way criticizing this young woman, as initially  struggled with my own natural hair transition and threatened (on a daily basis) to go back to the creamy crack myself.

Even  though her disease forced her into this transition that was met with her own apprehension and disappointment, I am glad that she has reached a point where she is happy with the woman she has become and learned that the beauty she possesses has noting to do with creamy cracked out hair. 

If you would like to read her original article in its entirety, click here.

For more information on Tomiko Fraser’s work with The Lupus Foundation of America, read her story here.

  1. I can’t imagine being forced into this kind of situation. It’s something you have to prepared for…mentally more than anything. It’s also quite a bit of work and if you haven’t done your research and don’t have the time it can be intimidating. It’s great she came around!

    SN: Tomiko is so gorgeous it sickens me. j/k. Great post!

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