Endia Beal, a tall black woman with a bright red afro, endured a great deal of curiosity about her hair – so much so that several of her colleagues wanted to touch it. It seemed to be an unusual sight for them in this setting.
This experience led her to develop the “Can I Touch It?” project seen below. Middle aged white women were given “black hairstyles,” and photographed in a corporate portrait. Her hope is to be able to start a conversation about what is considered “acceptable” in strict corporate settings, and how this can differ across genders, races, and generations. Enjoy…x