FKA Twigs' Next Project Is All About Black Hair

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Performance artist FKA Twigs has released an all-new zine celebrating black hair on her Instagram.


After asking her Twitter followers last week about their relationship with their braids, which hundreds of people responded to, she announced that the following day she would reveal her latest project.


It was an Instagram zine called AVANTgarden, which utilised the swipe feature and featured women and men with different braided hairstyles.

Issue one was named 'roots, shock, beauty' and featured lines such as, 'Life's greatest adventure is finding your place in the circle of life.'


Twigs, real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett, came up with the idea eight months ago as a way to explore her, 'complicated relationship with [her] hair'.

Barnett told Dazed of how, as a mixed-race girl growing up in a predominately white area, she 'grew up wanting [her] hair to be straight all the time.'

She recalled:

I remember the first time I did my own hair, in Year 7. I got some oil from London, because where I live you couldn't get that stuff. I put it in my hair and braided it in two plaits. I remember going into Geography and a girl saying 'Oh, your hair's so greasy'. I felt so horrible because it was something I was doing for me. I knew was good for me and I knew it was gonna protect my hair and make me feel good, help it grow, and help me get aesthetically where I wanted to be. But the people where I lived weren't used to.

Now she wants to use her new monthly magazine to learn more herself, as well as celebrate black hair, it's rich history and confront racist issues that are still prevalent today:

For people of colour, hair texture is such a big conversation. I've heard horrific stories of girls going into school with braids and teachers telling them to take them out, or even cutting girl's braids out in the classroom. Even the conversation around the latest Dove advert, it was found that they produced a cream for 'normal to dark skin'. It's the same thing with hair texture – what people perceive 'abnormal' is something that needs to be tamed.

In 2014 Barnett spoke out on Twitter after receiving a barrage of racist abuse when it emerged she was dating Robert Pattinson.

She hopes that her zine (which she might make print) will spark a conversation, and really take pleasure in images of black women's hair.

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