The Dora Milaje made me feel ultra confident about my new TWA.
Black Panther left folks feeling all types of AMAZING! I walked away feeling amazing and wanting to move to Wakanda, change my name, change the way I dress, join the Dora Milaje … yes I want a spear and I want to fight in battles – and I would say change my hair except that, my hair is already Wakanda ready.
Recently, I cut my relaxed hair off and I’m now rocking a super short TWA. My hair is about an inch long. I’ve cut my hair this short 4 or 5 other times in my life. Deciding to cut my hair is a non-issue for me. When I get the feeling, I just cut it. Truthfully though, I do always struggle during the first few months. I’m a little self-conscious until I have at least 3 or 4 inches of hair.
However, after watching Black Panther and witnessing those amazingly powerful women on the big screen, I left feeling like HELL YEAH my short hair is making a grand statement. I have never longed to look less mainstream.
Different influences have made me want to grow my hair longer, straighten my hair, color my hair and so on, but I cannot remember a time EVER when I wanted to look as different-from-the-norm as I’m often made to feel. Yes, I’ve seen images of beauty that did not conform to the mainstream definition, but not like Wakanda. Not like this! There was something so moving about this movies images.
The strength these woman were allowed to display was unbelievable. What made it even better was the fact that no other class was put down in order to lift these women up. The were simply given the spotlight. Men weren’t bashed or excluded. The women’s strength was not compared to that of the men in the film. Everyone was simply allowed the space to be and to shine. That coupled with their bald heads, cropped natural hair and flowing braids and locs had me feeling confident about my own hair in a different kind of way.
Getting through these next few months of the awkward stage of growing out a fresh TWA will be more enjoyable than my past experiences and it’s all because of Wakanda. I feel so happy to be able to enjoy this phase instead of dreading (no pun intended) it.
Have you seen Wakanda?
What did you think of the women of the Dora Milaje?
What was your favorite scene in Black Panther?