The June/July 2012 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair Styles and Care Guide™features an exclusive interview with the sultry and beautiful songstress, Melanie Fiona. I’ve always had a huge appreciation for celebrities who wear their real hair on occasion. I mean I understand the need to utilize wigs, weaves and hair enhancers – to protect their real hair from the stresses of frequent styling to meet the demands of their jobs, but its always nice to know that meanwhile they have not neglected their real hair. So, when I saw this interview, knowing that Melanie does rock her real tresses from time to time, I thought it would be one I would enjoy. Ummmm yeah, not so much! Check out the opening question of the interview:
SBH:What’s the secret to your gorgeous long hair?
Melanie Fiona: I was born with a full head of hair, and my mom wouldn’t let me cut it until I was 12! I’m mixed – my mom is Black and Portuguese and my dad is Indian so I have a good mix for growth.
OH. EM. GEE. Really?! In 2012 in a BLACK hair magazine, that is the answer you gave? Seriously?! That your hair grows “good” because you have an exotic gene pool? I wanted to shout my disappointment at that answer to both Melanie and to SBH for printing that rubbish! You think I’m kidding? No, I’m dead serious – I searched through the magazine to find the editor’s email address and yes, sent an email. I told you in my Style Bloggersof Color rant that I am definitely THAT woman, the one who not only voices grievances but also expects my lil voice to actually make a difference. Ego much? Yes, guilty as charged, lol! Anyway, getting back to the point, I originally thought this may have been a phone interview but the introductory paragraph proved me wrong. Melanie gave this interview in Chicago, IL at the SBH headquarters. She actually sat down and said that in person.
First of all Ms. Fiona where the heck were your PR people? I mean any public relations trained professional, Black woman or no, should have jumped in right then and there and had you clean that mess up! Allow me to throw you this tip, completely free of charge. *clears throat* In the future when asked this same question, a much better response would be “I’ve been blessed to always have a head full of hair and never had to concentrate on growing it long.” Any variation of this statement will work. You can acknowledge your ethnicity but that whole ‘good mix for growth’girl, if I were part of your PR and marketing team, that statement would be forever banned from your vocabulary! Secondly, where have you been Melanie? Did you not get the memo that we are trying to do away with the term “good hair” in all of its traditional uses?! I need to send her one of those popular t-shirts with the slogan: I got good hair – I got African in my family! Shoooo, she needs the accompanying earrings too! Or maybe we need to have Rev. Al Sharpton conduct a public funeral for the phrase good hair as he did for the N-word! My third point takes issue with the SBH interviewer. After that ratchet answer instead of either moving on or attempting to bring some positivity to BLACK HAIR (duh, the name of the magazine), the interviewer asked ‘Describe the mixed texture of your hair.’ I’m done. Tell me by show of hands, how many of you have mixed textures? *Raises hand* I do! My hair in the crown is definitely a different texture than the hair around my edges. I know many of you do too, I’ve seen your photos. I’ve read your posts. Most black women have a mix of different curl patterns throughout their hair. So we got that “good mixed texture” too huh? Lawd hammercy…we gotta do better. In our own magazine. These are just my thoughts…
Your thoughts? Am I trippin too hard?