gabourey sidibe at the Oscars

Gabby was apart of a montage of actors talking about the craft, but nobody even remembers a thing she said because her hair was a MAJOR distraction. If our hair is *just* an accessory, Gabby’s hair looked liked it came straight from the bargin bin at the 99-cent store.


Gabby seems to always get it wrong. As a (very) big girl she already has several things working against her, especially in Hollywood, but dammit if she can’t get her look on point at least once. ONCE. Gabby’s team is forever styling her in matronly outfits and wigs that look straight outta the Jim Crow era.  But even that would have been an improvement over the matted mess that lived on her head last night.

I like Gabby. I think she’s a cutie with a great personality and stellar acting chops, but she needs to holla at Viola and figure out how to let go of the old lady wigs and finally look like she belongs on the red carpet (because she totally does).

But here’s how I know it’s not *just* hair. Just as folks cheered on Viola and Esperanza’s fros, many others saw Gabby’s wig (or weave or that thing that attacked Martin & Gina) as an affront to black women everywhere. And it it sorta was.

The Oscars may be a bit outdated and it’s definitely biased against folks of color, but we showed up and showed out last night. But because images have power, that picture of Viola Davis looking absolutely stunning with her polished dark brown skin and short kinky ‘fro will live on and inspire young black girls forever.

What did you think? Did Viola’s hair make a statement or is it really just hair?

*Via WhoUCallinABitch 

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  • ddd

    I am all for natural hair, but I did not like how she had it out and not neatly styled. She could have pinned it up or something and still be reppin natural hair but in a classy way after all this was a formal event. I think this is a reason why some women don’t go natural because of how other women portray it. Sorry but there was nothing flattering about that hair.

  • I know this is a bit of old news now, but it’s still important. In a culture where the standard of beauty is still so narrow (pretty = light skin + straight hair), it’s really important for icons to help broaden this definition. Especially for impressionable young girls that need to see examples of different women in order to be more comfortable with themselves. Personally, I had a lightbulb moment when I realized that nobody who looks like me will ever be selling toothpaste on TV… And then I realized I was ok with that.