On Saturday, July 27th 2019, The Curly Girl Collective held their their annual CURLFEST which is essentially a festival celebrating natural hair. Their website explains why they exists as:
In a country where laws still have to be passed to protect women of color from discrimination based on their hair, the need to affirm our beauty is more important than ever. CURLFEST® is an empowering and uniquely magical experience where women and girls of every shade, shape and size can come and be celebrated for who they are, unconditionally.CURLFEST
I for one am all about the movement! Earlier this year I published an article at school narrating the struggles of a curly girl . This event definitely brought together a community that has overcome so much in the beauty industry and society in general.
The event was a full day of fun in the sun! My girlfriend & I arrived around 2pm and left a few minutes to 7pm (closing). There were a varity of vendors to visit. Unfortunately, the lines were ridiculously long in length, some having 2 hour wait times. That led us to strategize and quickly find a seat in VIP that gave us access to shade, wine and views. Towards the end of the event, and by the luck of last minute lines, we met the creator of YelleSkincare, Yandy Smith. She’s also arguably one of my mother’s favorite reality show stars.
We were lucky enough to have left with a handful of products. LUCKY because no-one (well at least my friend and I) was going to wait in the scorching sun for product samples and purchases. It seems the lines took away from the opportunity for others to enjoy the festival itself. Stinks. All and all, the vibes, the culture and the magic that was in the air brought together a pretty neat experience. Yes, there is a lot of room for improvement. However, for a festival of this capacity on its third year, not too bad. I am excited for it’s future!