“don’t touch my hair” photo series reclaims and celebrates body hair as the natural, sacred state of women’s bodies

January 19, 2017

Fighting the symptoms of patriarchy is a worthwhile resistance in any shape or form, but fighting back through art holds a special place in our culture. Ayomide Odumosu, a pre-med Psychology student at UC Berkley felt compelled to create the photo project “Don’t Touch My Hair” as a response to the policing of women of color in their natural state. Juxtaposing the flora of Southern California with women of color of various shades and ethnicities donning their “overgrown” arm hair and in seemingly unnatural poses, the project aims to draw comparisons of the societal pressures facing women and the ways in which Black women especially are made to fit into boxes and places that don’t encapsulate the full range of emotion and identity that we can inhabit. Ayomide says, “The goal is to make you uncomfortable, then liberated.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor