Today we meet, lovely Karima. She says, she is done resisting the 'real her' and has embraced her natural hair for good.
AT: Tell us a little about yourself? What passion fills up your day to day life?
KL: I am a 33 year old single mother with a very active seven year old named Gracie who keeps me on my toes. I have a deep passion for the freedom of self expression, art and advocacy. I currently work in the fields of marketing, advertising, and community advocacy.
AT: How would you describe natural beauty?
KL: Good Question! Well, for me Natural Beauty consists of a combination of confidence, self motivation and an awareness of “who you are.”
AT: How has that definition of natural beauty true in your life?
KL: Now, I am truly empowered to fully express myself through my style and the way I communicate who I am to others.
AT: What inspires your overall style?
KL: When I was younger I was trendy. Currently, I keep it simple. My style is based on natural fabrics, flowing scarves, and cultural accessories.
AT: What do people say they love about you?
KL: My energy, smile, and joyful heart J
AT: If you were a superhero, what would be your superpower? And how would you change the world with it?
KL: I would be a miracle healer. I see so many people hurting from emotions such as anger or guilt and people with sickness and disease. Sometimes, I imagine what it would be like to take away the hurt and the pain instantly. That would leave people with more time to love one another and share the joy in each other’s lives.
AT: When and Why did you go natural with your hair?
KL: I have been natural three times in my life: when I was a child until age 12, for a four year period in my life from age 26 to 30 and I went back natural for good in March of 2009. Natural just works. Why resist, “The Real You?”
AT: What are your favorite hair products?
KL: Except for Sisterlock brand shampoo, I don’t use any products in my hair on a daily basis.
AT: What is your favorite hairstyle?
KL: Sisterlocks, right now. However, I do favor afros too. My daughter calls them “Halos.”
AT: What movie is guaranteed to make you laugh?
KL: Ooh, I have too many. I love to laugh. The one that sticks out is a classic, “Coming to America.”
AT: What do you love about wearing your hair natural? Greatest challenge?
KL: I love that it is versatile. My greatest challenge is keeping my hands out of it because it feels so soft.
AT: How does the media influence your self-image?
KL: They don’t really. I have learned to ignore the negative stuff. However I have found some positive outlets like your site and the official Sisterlock site.
AT: What is your victory statement or positive self-talk? What allows you to rise above inundation of negativity? What keeps your beauty pure on the inside?
KL: I have two favorite quotes right now: “The best way to predict your future is to create it” by Dr. Forrest Shaklee and “Be the change you want to see in the world” by Ghandi. Everyday these two statements remind me that my life is whatever I create it to be.
AT: Is there anything else you would like to add?
KL: I sincerely thank you for the interview. My little one love’s your site. Also, I am currently working on my own website which will be up and running by next month at TheRealYou.me. It will feature some of my art, writing, and services.