When I was younger, I was the only black girl in my class. I remember looking in at the non-black children and envying what I thought was their "good hair." Fast-forward decades, and there's still progress to be made to end that mindset in black children. But people like Sherly Tavarez are making sure we get there.
With her "Pelo Malo Where?" shirts, she's pushing to redefine Latinx beauty standards and the hierarchy of hair textures. So if you haven't already seen these viral shirts taking over your timeline, today is your lucky day.
Tavarez created a shirt that reads "Pelo Malo Where?" — that translates to "Bad Hair? Where?" — highlighting the flawed belief that "good hair" and "bad hair" exist.
For years, women of color have faced the cycle of hair typing. Not to be confused with curl typing, there has long been a hierarchy in the texture and curl of our hair.
In an interview with Refinery29, she said, "One of the most exciting things that I've witnessed with these shirts is that I've gotten women who are not Latina reaching out to say, 'Hey, I totally relate to this shirt.'"
Get your "bad hair" shirt today!