Jill Scott Believes Black Women Don’t Embrace Natural Beauty Enough

Grammy-winning artist, Jill Scott, sat down with the writers at Hello Beautiful to discuss beauty, black Hollywood, and “Steel Magnolias.” The singer, who was ridiculed last year for perming her hair, revealed that she requested a photo bearing her natural hair to be the featured photo on the cover of Essence Magazine because she wanted her son to see the “real” her.

Last year when she was interviewed by the writers at Afrobella, she was quoted say “…I’ll wear wigs, and I’ll wear weaves and I’ll wear pieces because I like fashion. I like style and its fun to me… I wasn’t trying to be the spokesperson of natural hair,” in response to the backlash she received for perming her hair. While she still doesn’t have an issue with weaves, today she believes that African-American women should be more natural.

Excerpts from her interview with Hello Beautiful are below.

On whether or not she feels that black women don’t embrace their natural beauty enough:

I do. I would love to see a cast of African-American women with their natural hair. Some are going to be coiled, some are going to be curly, some will be tight, some will be wild-braided-twisted but this is the crux of it, this is who we are, and our hair even has a character in itself. I don’t mind wearing a weave or a wig–I don’t have a problem with it, but when I come home to myself–I’m natural. Hair is fun but I’d like to see who we are. I always think about it like this: if 30 black women were to be lost on a deserted island, those weaves would come out–they would all come out. We’d have to start taking care of our hair, and when the ship shows up two months later, there’s going to be a bunch of African-American woman or African women getting on that boat in all their glory.

On being Photoshopped for a Steel Magnolias promo shoot:

You are actually telling me this for the first time–I didn’t know that. But I assume you’re talking about the Steel Magnolias photo. When we shot “Steel Magnolias,” I was a lot smaller than I am today. I call it foundation, some good foundation (and the proper posture is a part of it as well), but of course there is some Photoshopping. There’s Photoshopping with every photo that comes out on any magazine, or pretty much anywhere.

On controversy surrounding Zoe Saldana in the upcoming Nina Simone biopic:

Well Zoe is an incredible actress–I think that she’s a fine actress. I think that there should be some work done, like a prosthetic nose would be helpful and definitely some darker makeup. If Forest Whittaker can become darker in “The Last King Of Scotland” than I believe Nina should be treated with that respect. She was very adamant about her color about her nose about her shape and her self and there needs to be some homage paid to that.

Read the full interview here

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