I’m not too fond of mainstream media labeling cornrows or Dutch braids as “boxer braids”. Taking everyday hairstyles and trying to repackage them as new is unfortunately very common in today’s society. Recently, Sasha Obama was seen wearing a braided hairstyle, to which the NY Post made this ridiculous claim.
Here is what they had to say:
“The first daughter joins a raft of high-profile beauties sporting a version of the now-ubiquitous boxer braids. Fueled by celebrities and the popularity of UFC fighters, the center-parted reverse French-braid style has surged back into fashion. The woven look, dating back to ancient Africa, has been worn by celebs including the Kardashian clan.”
I’m assuming the NY Post was unaware that this style is not in fact “trendy” but has been around for a long time, especially in the black community. I mean braids are not new, I’ve been wearing braids since I was a little girl. And I’m pretty sure Michelle Obama has Dutch or French braided her daughters’ hair before.
Another hairstyle that attempted to become trendy was the infamous bantu knot style mostly worn by naturalistas. Certain media platforms tried to say Marc Jacobs came up with this hot new trendy style once it was featured in his 2015 Spring runway collection. However, that hot “trend” came along with some backlash, the natural community was not happy. A frenzy of women, wearing their natural hair in bantu knots with the hashtag #ItaughtMarcJacobs later surfaced. In all seriousness you have Uzo Aduba, better known as Crazy Eyes from Orange Is The New Black, sporting bantu knots before the Marc Jacobs fashion show tried to give this style relevance. If you look at the ancestral history of black women, it is clear that this style has been worn for centuries.
However, now in the 21st century these types of attributes are put on a pedestal as beautiful or exotic when white women finally catch on. Yet women of many cultures possessed these attributes forever . So why not give credit where credit is due to the women that were setting trends before they even became trendy. I just wish people would stop calling something a “trend” without fact checking first, because there is nothing new under the sun.