#Repost @curlytreats International model @gabriellabernard_ who participated feels she deserves an apology from former Miss Universe and executive producer of the Caribbean Next Top Model competition, @WendyFitzwilliam, after she was given an ultimatum on the television show.
An excerpt featuring Gabriella’s experience went viral on Facebook this week.
In the video, Gabriella can be seen pleading with a hairdresser not to chemically process her #naturalhair as she had spent the years growing her hair back: “You need to understand my hair is my identity.” When she met with the judges, Wendy scolded Gabriella for her “naughty” and “unprofessional” behaviour.
Gabriella apologised, explaining that she had her hair relaxed for 15 years previously. When she transitioned to wearing her hair natural she began to love herself more:
“We live in a world where the media tells us that we need to have straight hair to be accepted,” Bernard emphasised.
Wendy said she understood the young lady’s point, as she too had made the transition back to natural. “However, as a young and upcoming model, as a young and upcoming attorney facing the judges and senior counsel, you have to be professional…Shutting down my salon, creating that mayhem, when there were so many other young women to get done and to look fabulous as well, it’s a loud non-starter”
In the words of Marcus Garvey: “Do not remove the kinks from your hair - remove them from your brain.” www.curlytreats.co.uk
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