When Jada Pinkett-Smith was asked why she let her daughter Willow shave her head, this is what she said:
“This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete.
why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power, or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit, and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It’s also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes, and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be. More to come. Another day.”
I haven’t been in front of the camera in months. Like painting I’ve been slacking on updating my modeling portfolio. I went to a few agencies a few months ago and I didn’t get completely bad info, they said I was very photogenic but I needed more to my portfolio and to of course lose a few pounds. This shoot I teamed up with photographer Ron Warner and make up artist Kristin Figueroa. Ron Warner was a pleasure to work with as well as Ms. Kris. Kris was a doll, we hit it off instantly as she made me beautiful, played with all my wigs and vibed to Hot 97′. I’m more than satisfied with my results and Ron and I will be working together again soon. Let me know what you think about the pictures. I’m on a mission to be better so constructive criticism is always good.
LOVE… It can happen at a show. On the subway. It can happen three days later, when you’re crossing the street. It can happen anywhere, really. The beauty is , it’s different for everybody. And that impact, when it happens, you know it.
This painting I made for a friend of mine. I painted her on a wax record I found in my grand fathers old boxes and mounted it on top of a wood panel. My friend is well-respected in the hip hop world, so I wanted to make something for him that would be symbolic. I didn’t want it to look completely urban, so that’s why I kept the background white. I’m still debating whether or not to draw a background, but for not I’m satisfied. I had her holding a boombox because besides the large door knocker earrings the girls wore back then, boom boxes are my favorite accessories from the 80′s/ early 90′s. I made this late last year so this painting is old news now but I decided to share it so you all can see the small commissioned pieces I’ve been doing.