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I have a great TedTalk on beauty diversity to share with you today.  It’s a talk given by Amber Starks, the owner of Conscious Coils Salon in Portland.

In an effort to make it easier for natural hair stylists to get licensed to care for African and African-American hair, Starks initiated and helped to pass the “Natural Hair Act” in Oregon. She advocates for the creation of spaces where people from all backgrounds can come together to celebrate, share, and be informed about inclusion in our society.

She believes this is crucial to understanding standards of beauty and these are some of my favorite quotes from her Talk:

We are the culture. We are the ones who decide what is beautiful.”

 

I want to live in a tomorrow where you and I aren’t seeking permission… or asking for approval… to actually love ourselves.”

 

When we choose not to acknowledge the diversity of beauty or the other forms of beauty that exists in the world, there are real life consequences for those who don’t meet those standards; and for all of us.

 

I don’t think we owe being beautiful to anyone.

 

Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying the space called “female.”

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