Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes who represents Whitby, Ontario in the Canadian House of Commons rose to the floor of the House recently to speak against bullying and body shaming of black women’s features. Not only did the MP call out those who bullied black girls for wearing their hair differently, but she also delivered a moving speech on body shaming. She emphasized that no woman should be body shamed in any form, starting from “the hair on her head to the soles of her feet.” She specifically stressed that black women should not be shamed irrespective of the size of their thighs, lips, breasts, hips, or baby bump.
Your Hairstyle Promotes Your Version of Beautiful
Rocking what she termed as “pretty dope” braids, she brought the attention of the house to the fact that black girls in Canada and abroad were being shamed for their hairstyles and even being sent away from school because they were wearing their hair the “wrong” way. In solidarity with such girls, the MP said she would continue wearing her hair as braids in the same way she had done as a girl while growing up. She added that this uniqueness contributed to black women’s own version of beautiful and should, therefore, be celebrated instead of discriminated.
In conclusion, the MP emphasized that women should not be discriminated against because of how they wear their hair. Whether in dreads, weaves, super-curly afros, hijabs or headscarves, all these women deserve their rightful place in schools, the workplace, the boardroom, and even on Parliament Hill.
Caesar-Chavannes’ speech earned her a standing ovation in the House of Commons. Citizens have also applauded her for standing up for the rights of black women and shedding light on the fact that black girls are judged every day based on their hairstyles not only in Canada but across the globe. Many, especially black women, have taken to social media to thank and congratulate her for standing up for their right to wear their hair however they deem fit.
Photo courtesy of Celina Caesar-Chavannes’ Twitter Account.