Sunday, September 25, 2011

I Am My Hair

"I don't wanna change, and I don't wanna be ashamed. I'm the spirit of my hair, it's all the glory that I bare. I am my Hair!" 
Those are lyrics from "Hair", a song by Lady Gaga. Whether 4 years old or 104 years young, that statement applies to everyone. If you haven't tapped into who you are or you're struggling to fit-in somewhere in the world, keep that message in mind. Write it down on a post-it note and stick it on your mirror, recite it at the inkling of self-doubt. You might realize it's not about fitting into anything, it's about celebrating individuality and owning your greatness. Some of the greatest people in history, the ones that had anything of significance to say, made careers out of being different. ‎
"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."
-Cecil Beaton 
Hair statements, whether subtle or spectacular, have always appeared in pop-culture. Shingai Shoniwa, lead singer of the Noisettes rocks a heart shaped afro at a time when natural or afro-textured hair isn't considered mainstream. Anderson Cooper "went gray" on camera, literally #PosterBoy #SilverFox. Frida Kahlo put flowers in her hair and kept a unibrow, como se dice "iconic image"?

"Hair", in Lady Gaga's song and in the title of my blog represents freedom and creativity. Take the message and change the word "hair" to something relevant to your journey: "I don't wanna change, and I don't wanna be ashamed. I'm the spirit of my ____, it's all the glory that I bare. I am my ____!"

Not everyone understands this message though. Lady Gaga performed Hair on Friday in tribute to Jamey Rodemeyer, a young boy who died last weekend after being bullied to death in school, because of his sexuality. Gaga makes a profound point in her performance when she says to Jayme, "You're not a victim, you're a lesson to all of us". Use your voice to spread a positive message and help stop bullying. If you're not part of the solution, you're a part of the problem. Take action by taking a pledge to Stop Bullying: Speak Up on facebook

"This is my prayer: That I'll die livin' just as free as my hair" -Lady Gaga
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