Sekai Abeni

Black model with natural hair

“I never saw my mom with straight hair. Her hair was always dreadlocked, shaven, or kinky. So I thought that my hair was beautiful. That foundation allowed me to interact with the outside world in a much different way. As an actor, I’ve been told to straighten, straighten, straighten my hair by white directors. I’ve been told my hair is ugly and too kinky and that I could be beautiful if I would manipulate my curl. But what I know is that the gravity-defying curls that lay on my head are being held up by ancestors because I am their greatest dream.” — Sekai Abeni