The following day after I interviewed the first young lady of this series ‘The Politics of Black Hair:(HBCU Edition)’ , I walked around campus looking for other young women to interview. In the midst of doing so I saw different young women rocking their natural curls or slayed weaves, but I spotted a comfortable face whom was Jamequa Camper (also known as mimi) sitting in the library chilling. I walked up to her and casually asked if I could interview her for this project that I was doing for my blog, she agreed. Jamequa is a gorgeous, intellectual, talented junior from the city of Detroit, Michigan.
Check out her responses below:
Allahnastevie: What does hair symbolize for you ?
Jamequa Camper: My hair symbolizes life. In high school I was probably one of the most toxic people and my hair was toxic. It was heat damaged, I cut it a lot, I’ve also dyed it and didn’t take care of it after it was dyed, and now that I’ve finally cut it short and started going natural that’s when it symbolized for me healing. I equate my whole body to how my circumstances are and how I feel about me.
AS: Have you ever worn weaves at all?
JC: Uhm… no.
AS: Interesting, so you were you just always natural?
JC: Yeah, technically.
AS: You did the big chop last year? what did that do for you?
JC: Yes. It cut off all the toxicity of those last seven years, because after seven years, scientifically toxicity gets removed from your body if that makes sense.
So, after those seven years I cut it off and I was like “oh sh*t I feel all liberated okay!”
AS: Do you understand how systemically you may have been steered into believing what beauty truly means?
JC: Yes. Sense society is completely Eurocentric it was kind of hard to see that my natural curls still banged you know? So, I straightened my hair a lot and I tried to become skinner along with that.
AS: Is this what you were seeing in like magazines or?
JC: Yeah, we weren’t really represented well.
AS: That leads into my next question, as a Black woman do you feel that you are represented enough within media now?
JC: Kind of. We still have some bad things going on. Like we still get stereotyped as drug dealers and being “rachet”. We can’t just be normal, well I wouldn’t say normal because all of that is still normal, but there are other parts of us that aren’t represented still, like the nerdy Black girl, or the suburban Black girl, we don’t really get that representation within media.
AS: If you could go back in time what would you tell your younger self about beauty?
I wouldn’t want to go back and tell myself anything different because without those experiences I probably wouldn’t be what I am now, or where I am now.
“I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.” – Janelle Monae