President Obama Talks Black Hair and the Pressures His Daughters Feel to Look a Certain Way

In the latest news story proving that 头发 isn't always some superficial topic,even the president of the United States just acknowledged that the pressure women feel surrounding their hairstyles can be 真实的 .In a new filmed interview with Time magazine,, Barack Obama and famous ballerina Misty Copeland —a 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year —talk race,gender,and success,and their conversation veers into williamhill388beauty-related territory when the topic of black women's hair choices comes up.

奥巴马说,作为两个女儿的父亲,he's finally fully appreciating"the enormous pressure that young women are placed under in terms of looking a certain way.And being cute in a certain way....And is your hair done the right way,"he states in the video."And that pressure I think historically has always been harder on African American women than just about any other women.But it's part and parcel of a broader way in which we socialize and press women to constantly doubt themselves or define themselves in terms of a certain appearance.""

Truth,President Obama.On the bright side,he goes on to say that he feels that young women today have new sources of empowerment and inspiration that can help them realize they don't need to conform to some arbitrary,universal,and unrealistic standard of williamhill388beauty."I do think that culture's changing for the younger generation a little bit more,"he says."You see 碧昂丝 或者你看到一些流行明星,什么都是白人,Latino,黑人孩子被看作是美的代表,比我小时候更广泛。williamhill388你只是没有看到太多的代表性。And that's healthy and that's encouraging.But it's still a challenge.I mean Malia 'll talk about black girl's hair and will have much opinions of that.And she's pretty opinionated about the fact that it costs a lot,it takes a long time,that sometimes girls can be just as tough on each other about how they're supposed to look.And so it's,作为父母,that's a constant learning process that you're trying to hold the fort.""

他补充说,他很欣赏像科普兰这样在社会媒体上有着强大影响力的榜样,她也承认这在帮助年轻黑人女性摆脱他们外表的历史压力方面发挥了很大作用。"It's so important for this generation,"she says."And to use social media to have a positive impact on our generation is huge....But to have movements like #BlackGirlMagic ,I think it couldn't be more positive for a young black girl to see that it's okay to be yourself,你可以不用改变自己的形象,就像很多杂志封面上看到的那样。That you are beautiful,that it's possible to succeed in any field that you want to,looking the way that you do.With your hair the way it is.I think all of that is so extremely important and something that I'm constantly celebrating.That something that I fought so hard for throughout the beginning of my career is I didn't want to pancake my skin a lighter color to fit into the…ballet.I wanted to be myself.I didn't want to have to wear makeup that made my nose look thinner.There are just—it's important I think with this generation of young minorities,children especially,to feel comfortable and confident in their skin.""

All we know is,if this is one of Misty Copeland's goals,then she's going to find a way to make it happen—cue her viral"" I Will What I Want "video for Under Armour.(And for more on why she's one of our favorite influencers,阅读 our October interview where she shares the secrets to her breakout success.) Oh,总统对这个话题的开放也不太寒酸。Overall,this interview was one giant leap for young-womankind.毫无疑问,无论玛莉亚和萨沙奥巴马如何选择发型,他们长大后都将成为同一级别的榜样。

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