*Onika, Onika let down your hair! Nicki Minaj reveals her natural hair.
Known for her bold, wacky, pink, and rainbow wigs the self-titled Barbie is flaunting her real hair, in a sleek high ponytail on her Instagram page.
*Seven-time Grammy award nominee Kelly Price has officially joined the world of reality TV.
With only one week week of TV One’s ‘R&B Divas LA‘ under her belt, our media partner, theJasmineBRAND.com, caught up with the 40-year-old songwriter (at the African Pride Beauty Beat event), picking her brain about why she made the leap into non-scripted TV, being plus sized in the music industry and now in Hollywood, along with teaching her daughter about loving her natural hair.
We also got the Queens, NY native to give us some relationship advice (she’s been married to her handsome husband for 20 + years!).
Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.
What her experience has been like thus far, filming ‘R&B Divas’:
You don’t know what reality TV is until you do it…and now I know what reality TV is! I’m not turned off by it. I have actually had an animal awakened in me, and so with that I am going to pursue it in a manner that only Kelly Price can. And that for me coming off of the ‘R&B Divas’ experience is to pursue reality TV with a Kelly Price twist and that would be ‘Too Fat For Fame.’
For me to have a story of one who was nearly denied a successful career because I was too big…it’s time for me to pay it forward. Being an overweight girl, I am a worker. I’ve worked for everything it is that I have. So if there is anyone out there who is serious about having a career as a singer, as a model, as a dancer, as an actor, as an actress, as a personality in this industry…if they’re willing to work for it and they’ve had doors closed because they’re overweight, then this is the opportunity for them to have an opportunity.
How she is managing her weight:
I’ve had to learn how to adjust my eating to work for my lifestyle. I came to a point and I literally decided, I have been given an opportunity, there are people who are way more talented than Kelly. I’m not stupid. That’s just the truth. But I was given this opportunity so to let it pass me by, to die young and miss an incredible life because I couldn’t get myself disciplined enough to live would be stupid.
Raising her daughter to appreciate her hair:
Raising a young black girl in a society where they are being shown beauty is only one thing. It’s very difficult. To raise a young girl and to show her that anything is beautiful other than long, straight hair is not an easy job. I had a hard time trying to teach my daughter that ‘No you don’t need your hair pressed,’ and as she got older that ‘No you don’t need a weave…’ I think as black parents we have to be willing to fight the images that tell our daughters that unless that’s what they look like, they’re not beautiful.
Visit theJasmineBRAND.com to watch the full interview.
From Cherry Davis…
I’m super excited that Katie Couric is going to interview talk show personality Wendy Williams about wigs on her new daytime talk show Katie! Last May Wendy had a ‘wig a day’ theme on her self-titled talk show, and she wore a different wig every day of the month! It’s refreshing that Wendy is honest about wearing wigs, and doesn’t act like women need to hide it. Most people think wigs are just for people with awful, hard to manage hair, or for getting length so they can flip their hair around, or for seasonal costume parties, but they actually do serve several more purposes. Wigs are worn for a variety of medical conditions that hit everyone from women to men and even children; some of these conditions include cancer, alopecia and baldness. Wendy may even address how this hits her personally on the show. No one should be ashamed to wear a wig and Katie will undoubtedly tackle this subject with Wendy in an honest & compassionate way to make sure that anyone wearing a wig knows that they aren’t the only ones! Together Katie and Wendy will likely inspire other women to be SMART, SEXY, TOUGH & FEARLESS all the while whipping their wig back and forth.
Katie, if you’re reading this, can you please ask Wendy all my hot-button questions—like WHO does she buy her wigs from…WHERE does she buy them from…and my most burning question of all—TRADITIONAL or LACE FRONT?! Tell us if the wigs Wendy keeps at the studio are a tax write off. Are they insured? — For how much? I’d love to see how an insurance agent inspects a wig for insurability. I believe Wendy wears wigs because of a medical condition, and I’d like to learn more about that and how it impacted her personal journey to beauty. I’m very curious to know if she prefers to wear human hair or synthetic. I can’t imagine how much she paid for her wigs and how much her entire collection is worth! I suspect all of her wigs are custom made, but would feel a lot better if I knew they were off the rack and that I had a chance at getting similar quality. Not to get too technical, but my burning question is — traditional or lace front? Beyoncé is queen of the lace front, which is why her wigs can be whipped around stage when she’s dancing up a storm, but still I’m stunned by how they attach to her head without coming off! I’ve been obsessed with lace fronts since moving to LA and seeing just how many women here wear them! Not just the rich and famous, but my co-workers and my friends who drop some major dough to get the hair of their dreams.
The wig world is a vast and fascinating world and includes people of all nationalities and ethnicities. There are many misconceptions, like many people think the weave is just for African-Americans, but I have friends of all races who are enhancing their hair from small and large pieces, to buns and smart ponytails to full wigs. They are buying hairpieces to give their hair a fuller look. For nights out on the town they become fashion accessories. It’s become pretty normal and most ladies look at wigs as a casual accessory like a headband.
Celebrities have been fans of wigs and hairpieces for a long, long time. I know that JLO rocks wigs and pieces all the time even for her signature high ponytail that I LOVE. I mean I grew up watching Cher, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Joan Collins from “Dynasty” who wore wigs all the time, but now it’s a younger generation wearing them too! Everybody is wearing wigs in Hollywood and you may be surprised who is on Team Wig! Everyone from Katy Perry and Rihanna, to Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Serena Williams, Madonna, Adele, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga! Well I mean EVERYONE knows Katy, Gaga and Nicki rock out in wigs, but the other women were news to me! I’ve heard that B (you may know her as Beyoncé) has spent more than $1 MILLION dollars on her wig collection and that’s a lot of money. Again, I wonder if it can be used as a business write off? I’ve been looking around for a few wigs a la Beyoncé and if you buy a human hair wig off the shelf they start at $150, but to have a personalized wig they can cost up to and over $10,000! I may need a WIG FUND. Can I use Kickstarter.com for this?!
I spoke with Therris Spears, co-owner of Mane Appearance Salon in Los Angeles about traditional and lacefront wigs. “A lot of entertainers wear extensions and wigs because it’s less tension on their own hair, having to get it pulled on constantly, having heat put on it, less damage with not having to color or coloring your hair regular. It also allows someone to achieve lengths, cuts and colors that your hair may not be able to achieve, but you may have desired. Now you can have it all.” I was surprised when she told me that lace front wigs can only be worn for a few days because they are glued to your scalp/skin.
In honor of this Katie episode, I plan to get my ‘wig on,’ and it would be super-fun if you did too! Whip your wig back and forth on Katie’s “Wig Day” with Wendy Williams this Wednesday, September 19th on Katie.
*Journalist Allison Samuels posted a lengthy piece on The Daily Beast this morning about the significance of Viola Davis wearing her natural hair to the Oscars.
“Whether she knows it or not (she does), Viola Davis made Sunday night at the Oscars a teachable moment, giving the world a crash course in the ever-complicated politics of African-American hair,” began Samuels in her article “Why Viola Davis Ditched the Wig at the Oscars.”
Davis, a Best Actress nominee for The Help, arrived at the awards ceremony in a stunning emerald-colored gown and a natural curly Afro, instantly lifting the lid from the bubbling pot of anger, judgment, and debate often directed toward African-American women and the varying states of their textured tresses.
Through the most of awards season, Davis had donned a dizzying array of wigs and hairpieces to complement her tasteful choice of vibrant-hued cocktail dresses and elegant evening gowns. Many were attractive enough, but some of the follicle support had appeared stiff, ill-fitted, and aging to her lean frame and glowing ebony skin.
“She looked younger and more vibrant on Oscar night,” says Karen Mitchell, owner of New York’s popular True Indian Hair. “Her wigs weren’t that great, and it was clear she needed a custom-fitted wig and style that worked better for her face.”
The actress’s long, public journey with her hair is certainly a familiar story in the African-American community. In fact, it’s so familiar that in the days leading up to the Oscars, black Hollywood found itself actively debating whether Davis would in fact “de-wig” and go natural for Hollywood’s biggest night.
Like many women and most African-American women, Davis learned long ago that hair can be either a tremendous source of pride and confidence or an all-too-frustrating beauty burden that chips away at one’s self-esteem over time.
Read the entire article here.
*A man allegedly busted into a Dallas weave shop and demanded extensions for his girlfriend and money, according to NBC Dallas.*
Benitra Jackson, manager of Main Beauty Supply in Dallas, Texas, said she was about to close her store for the night when a man came in demanding money and hair extensions.
“He was just telling us to get down or he’ll shoot,” Jackson said.
“And then he threw me on the floor and told me to put the money in the bag. So I just threw the money in the bag then laid back down on the floor,” she said.
After he received the money, he then asked Jackson for hair extensions for his girlfriend who needed them. He said, “my bit** needs some extensions.”
“I was like, really?” said Jackson. “I wanted to laugh, but something was going on and I was in shock. So I was like why are you asking me about the most expensive hair extensions? So I just grabbed any kind for him.”
The crook hasn’t been caught by the police yet.
Read more at NBC DFW