photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

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. 

Sherly Tavarez, like many Latinx women, was raised thinking that straight, processed, blown-out hair was more beautiful than naturally curly hair.

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

The creative director and fashion stylist, whom you've probably seen gracing your favorite curly-hair-inspo Instagram account, refused to give in to that thought process.

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

On the search for a graphic tee that would represent her curly-haired Latinx experience, she was dismayed when she couldn't find anything.

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

So she took matters into her own hands.

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

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.

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

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. 

Almost instantly, women and men alike were placing orders for their shirts. 

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

To be even more inclusive, Tavarez created the shirts with women of three different skin tones.

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

Since its inception, Tavarez has begun shipping to Canada and Puerto Rico, and Latinx celebs and bloggers have been eager to get their hands on one.

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

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.'"

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

The business has gone on to do some serious expansion; she's now making hoodies, kids' shirts, and more. 

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

"My mission is to inspire women across all the industries to be who they want to be in the hair they want to be in, despite what anyone has to say."

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

So thank you, Sherly Tavarez, for reminding us that there is no such thing as "bad hair." 

This is the shirt I wish I had when I was a young girl. 

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez

Get your "bad hair" shirt today!

photo: Instagram/Sherly Tavarez