WHY THE I AM ME NATURALLY CALENDAR
I Am Me Naturally is a give back initiative of Manicka Thomas Inc. It is our way of recognizing the real struggle that many women and girls have of accepting their hair texture because they are teased or punished for wearing their hair naturally, or because they have internalized feelings of self hate or disdain because of their "nappy" hair.
I Am Me Naturally is our attempt to highlight the stories and natural hairstyles of women who have decided to define beauty on their own terms. But it is also a way to give voice to the thousands of girl who still need to be empowered and inspired to do the same.
We believe that wigs and weaves do give us versatility, but they should not serve as a cover to mask our hair insecurities.
TAKE THE 7 POINT PLEDGE
I WILL UNIFY
with my other natural sisters and encourage them along their hair journey.
I WILL DEFINE
beauty in ways that bring honor to my culture.
I WILL BE
responsible in learning to care for and maintain my natural hair in healthy ways.
I WILL RECOGNIZE
my economic strength and become more aware of how my hair care purchases impact the Black community.
I WILL CONTINUE
to challenge images and perceptions of beauty, looking within myself and deciding for myself that my hair is beautiful no matter the length or texture.
I WILL USE
my creativity to style my hair and will not use wigs or weaves as a cover to mask my hair insecurities.
I WILL HONOR
the best of my cultural hair traditions, drawing upon the best within myself, affirming my self-worth with boldness and confidence..