24 NOV. 2011
Black Pin Up Girls #4 - Zoom sur Angelique Noire  Il y a quelques temps, ayant noté votre intérêt pour mes billets Black Pin-Up Girls, je promettais dans cet article d'essayer de poster plus régulièrement sur le sujet. Ca m'avait d'ailleurs beaucoup amusé qu'Amanda s'en inspire. Savoir que je ne suis pas la seule à m'y intéresser motive également ma démarche même s'il s'agit en premier lieu de partager ma passion. C'est donc avec joie qu'aujourd'hui entre deux gorgées d'infusion à la citronnelle et un de mes opéras favoris dans les oreilles, je récidive en vous introduisant plus amplement à l'un de mes plus forts coups de coeur ces derniers mois: Angelique NoirePour ceux et celles qui ont l'oeil, elle apparaissait d'ailleurs dans l'article sus-cité sauf qu'à l'époque, je n'avais pas la moindre idée de son identité. 

 Il y a un petit quelque chose chez cette femme qui fait qu'elle ne nous indiffère pas. C'est sans doute pour cela que cette  beauté espiègle et naturelle a plus de 15 ans d'expérience dans la mode en tant que modèle, alternant parutions dans les magazines (Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Allure Magazine,...), campagnes publicitaires (MAC Cosmetics, Chanel, Coca Cola, Tommy Hilfiger,...) et même quelques clips vidéos ( Jay-Z, Will Smith, Wyclef Jean,...). Collectionnant dans son enfance les illustrations du célèbre peintre Alberto Vargas et étant une grande admiratrice des icônes glamour du vieux Hollywood, la suite de des évènements paraît évidente: The Pin Up Noire comme elle se surnomme se devait de naître! Dans un milieu où les modèles noires et métissées, certains les qualifiant de modèles exotiques ou ethniques(NDLA: ces deux termes, que je n'aime pas, font référence à celles qui ne correspondent pas au type "caucasien". Comprendre les modèles noires, métissées, asiatiques, hispaniques, etc.), Angelique Noire fait parfois figure de pionnière en tant que pin up moderne noire. 

 Et pour ajouter à son charme, l'élégante dame porte ses cheveux au naturel depuis des années. Un joli pied de nez à tous les clichés tenaces à propos du cheveu crépu ou frisé  mais aussi à tout ceux et celles qui le regardent d'un mauvais oeil ou doute de sa versalité! Si j'avais déjà succombé, ce petit détail m'a scellé dans sa sphère d'admirateurs et admiratrices. En plus, de me donner de l'espoir quant à ma propre chevelure qui pousse lentement mais surement. Vous pouvez également retrouver Angelique Noire sur sa chaîne youtubeElle y prodigue entres autres des conseils beauté et coiffure.



Hair Talk With Angelique Noire

Firstly introduce yourself.Where are you from and what do you do? 
Hello my name is Angelique Noire. I am from Los Angeles, CA and am a professional model, you can view some of my work on my website www.thepinupnoire.comHow long have you been natural? I say about a total of 10 years, with a relaxer interruption in between. I had initially stopped putting relaxers in my hair when I  was pregnant with my first child. Several years passed, when I had to relax my hair for a modelling job that required my having to have relaxer applied, being that it was for a relaxer box.The client wanted girls with different hair lengths. I was told they thought I could pull off the shorter hair look because they couldn't photograph two girls for the shoulder length hair spot. As a result, I was the sacrificial lamb :) Not too long afterwards, I chopped off all my hair again to start over. It wasn't much of a sacrifice being that a considerable amount was already wacked off for the job.
How did you transition, did you big chop?
 I chopped my hair off both times that I had decided to go au naturalWhat were the main reasons for your choice to wear your natural hair? I just like to feel my hair and scalp :) I use to wear weaves for many years, but for whatever reason I liked touching the new growth. So over 10 years ago, I just decided to never do a weave again. I love the freedom not having to work my hair styles according to how my hair was weaved, but instead enjoy doing whatever style I feel...with/without ADD ON hair options :) I do wear wigs pretty often for certain types of castings and because of the many hair horror stories I've experienced on jobs. I utilize wigs because my hair stays protected; the lengths are interchangeable; clients like my hair options; and if a hairstylist puts various products and heating agents that damage the wig, I can just replace it :)

What are your earliest hair memories? How did these memories influence your hair journey today?
 My earliest hair memories are of my mom taking a whole Saturday to braid and bead the hair of my sister and I. I hated how long it took, but she didn't have to comb our hair for about 2 weeks.  Other times I remember sitting on the pillow in front of my mom's chair by the stove, as she would press my hair straight. I endured sitting still and resisted flinching even when I had been burned by the pressing comb, because I wanted my hair straight. Of course, the scarf that would typically stay on better when my hair was braided, always managed to escape my head in the middle of the night when it was pressed straight.I look back and see how my hair journey has influenced how I embrace the natural texture of my children's hair. I rarely press my daughter's hair straight, because I love how thick and kinky it is. Not fun to detangle, but it's very beautiful. I tell her constantly to never have her hair relaxed because her hair is beautiful like it is. My son loves his curly fro too. He has admired some of the pictures I have shown him of several of my male cousins who have hair to the middle of their backs. My boyfriend's hair (which is naturally straight) is past his shoulders, and my son keeps referring to how he want his hair to be long like his.What does having naturalhair mean to you?I know that our skin is a huge organ that absorbs what we put on it. Naturally, the thought of the harsh chemicals that are found in hair relaxers, being absorbed into my scalp, kinda disturbs me. Also there is a freedom I enjoy with natural hair. Freedom from chemical burns; freedom from spending hours in a hair salon to get my hair retouched; freedom from spending hours of pressing my hair straight; the freedom to wash and go; and the freedom to be admired by those who appreciate my natural hair.

How do you keep your hair looking so good?

 I typically wash my hair once a week with baking soda and rinse with apple cider vinegar. After I detangle with my fingers, I then comb through sections with a wide tooth comb. Depending on how I have to wear my hair during the week for work, I usually moisturize my hair with olive oil and then two strand twist my hair while it air dries, or cornrow it if I will have to wear a wig.

What products do you use in your hair?
 Baking soda, organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and organic extra virgin olive oil are my favorite products that I use on my hair and skin.

What are your go to hair style? 
 I have posted some Youtube how to hairstyle tutorials,These videos show a few natural hair styles I like to do. I love 1940s and 50s hairstyles. I get a lot of creative inspiration from this era to do my hair styles for curly hair. I love the look of locs and some braiding styles on other people, but it's not very convenient for me. Instead I enjoy styles that are easy to do, yet have a unique twist. I am always complimented on how the 1940s and 50s style suits me the most.

How do you protect your hair in the winter months? 
 During the winter it is really easy to not drink as much water in comparison to the summer months, so I make it a point to drink enough water to keep my hair and skin hydrated. I do hot oil treatments weekly as opposed to every other week too.

Do you have any advice for women starting out on there natural journey? 
Natural hair care takes PATIENCE. Developing great grooming habits, coupled with patience needed to maintain it, will produce a beautiful head of natural hair!

Our Doll On Display For The Month Of November: Angelique Noire

NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Dolls on Display  Angelique Noire is a classic beauty who captivates with her flawless skin and her brilliant smile. Her style is sexy and feminine with a hint of sass. She is making waves in the fashion world as a pin-up model and shows no signs of slowing down. The Dolls had the pleasure of speaking with Angelique and are pleased to share what they learned from her! Read on to find out more about this gorgeous model! 

1. Where do you reside and what do you do?
I live in Los Angeles, CA. I am a professional model that has worked for numerous clients in the fashion/beauty industy.  Some of my clients are listed on my website at http://www.thepinupnoire.com/about-angelique.html 

2. What was your family’s reaction to you going natural?
When I decided to have a second go at going natural, the only person that was shocked was my ex husband (he was my husband at the time).  I was pregnant with my second child, woke up one day, and shaved my hair all off with his electric shaver.  I woke him up that morning, and asked him to get the back of my head for me 

3. What is one hair product that you can’t do without?

 Baking Soda.  I wash my hair with it and use it for my skin too.

4. Do you have any hair wisdom you’d like to share with other natural beauties?
I try to stay away from products that are filled with chemicals such as sulfates,  alcohols, petroleum based oils- like mineral oil & petrolatum, and more. The reasons being that many of these unnatural ingredients tend to strip the hair of it’s natural oils and dry out the hair; clog hair follicles which prevent healthy hair growth; and are not healthy when absorbed by the skin. Take into account that this answer I explained is the over simplified version of reasons to avoid these ingredients in hair products. In essence, I prefer products with natural ingredients.I also want to stress the importance of getting regular trims. I’ve made a commitment to trim mine ever 8-10 weeks. I have on several occasions had to chop off many inches of damaged hair because I was being lazy about getting rid of these split ends.  I jeopardized having close to an extra 10-12 inches of healthy hair, because I chose to hold onto those bad ends far too long throughout my hair growth journey.

5. What is your original hair care regimen?
I first wash my hair with a baking soda and water mixture.  I then rinse with unfiltered organic apple cider mix. I have a Youtube Video that shows how I do it on http://youtube.com/thepinupnoire .  I typically moisturize my hair with extra virgin olive oil, but I also like organic coconut oil, unrefined shea butter, jojoba oil, or castor oil. It all depends on how I feel like styling my hair and the weather.

6.What made you decide to go natural?
I decided to embrace my naturally textured hair as a result of my two pregnancies.  It’s recommended to not relax or dye your hair while pregnant, so I easily had no problem leaving it alone. After becoming pregnant with my first child, I stopped relaxing my hair. It grew past my shoulders a little over 2 years. My hair felt much more healthier and thicker in comparison to when I was having my hair relaxed.

Even though I enjoyed being relaxer free, I had to agree to get my hair relaxed and cut in order to do a modeling job for a hair relaxing product. As a result, my efforts of growing my hair without using relaxers had to be done all over again. Months after I completed that print job, I found out I was pregnant with my second child, and chopped all my hair off again, and haven’t had a relaxer since.

7. Who do you look up to for hair inspiration, if anyone? 

  I don’t really look up to any”one” in particular for hair inspiration. I adore the 1940s-1950s Old Hollywood/ PinUp girl photos and movies, so I try to replicate these hairdos with my kinky hair to put a more unique twist on these classic hairstyles. As much as I love my kinky textured hair, I can’t do a lot of the hairstyles I love, so I do resort to pressing my hair straight and/or using wigs and hairpieces.  I like variety.  Just like I don’t wear the same clothes or fashion look everyday, I don’t wear my hair the same. In order to keep my hair healthy, I try as much as possible to wear protective styles or leave it cornrowed under my wigs for my jobs/castings.

8. Have you found the fashion/entartainment world to be more or less accepting of your natural hair?
The word “natural” can posses several meanings in this instance. “Natural”ly kinky/curly hairstyles still have a long way to go to become the norm on the red carpet, in high fashion magazines, and entertainment media…I guess the main step is to see more high profile media outlets with a higher percentage of people of color (of African decent, Black folks, African Americans, whatever term floats your boat). Because the media has such a huge influence on the standards of beauty and fashion, the small percentage of women/men of color that are invited or photographed at these highly publicized events, or for high fashion magazines give a limited source of inspiration for individuals with kinky/curly textured hair to emulate. The images that are more readily available are the women of color with with human hair extension that are non kinky/curly textured hairstyles.  Being that there are a plethora of hairstylist that are hired for these high fashion magazines, fashion shows, etc. that lack the skills to maintain or style naturally kinky/ curly textured hair, it is understandable why women of color (including me) resort to using add-on tresses. I have had several hair dramas that have happened on jobs where the hairstylist acted like they knew what they were doing and ended up having me look half crazy because they decided to experiment on my head during a job.My whole job is based on how my client wants me to look for their product. The television commercial market is more accepting of the kinky/curly hair texture. Other than that, if it takes human hair wigs and hairpieces to achieve the look they want to see, then that’s what they will get. Therefore, “natural” can also mean without extensions/hair pieces, or with human hairpieces that look believable. In essence, clients are extremely accepting of the fact that I have lots of hairstyle options. The straightened long hair look is the typical “safe” look they typically choose to use. I guess you can kinda compare it as being the “little black dress” that fits most situations without much effort. Clients do like my hair texture, but they usually ask how long will it take to straighten it because they will more than likely want this option done the same day. In essence, it is my job to be a chameleon.

9. Are there any devloping projects that we can look forward to seeing from you?
I never know when my photos, commercials, advertisements that I have done for various clients end up being available to view until family or friends end up telling me before I see them myself. Some of my work can be found on my website at 
http://www.thepinupnoire.com . I also plan on posting more video tutorials, skin/haircare regimen, and interviews that I do for Pinup America on my Youtube channel @ http://www.youtube.com/thepinupnoire . Other places to see some of my work are also on my Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts- all of which are found though my website too  xoxo