Biracial with curly red hair and freckles: an unusual combo because of which I was bullied as a kid. I’ve always been quite mouthy and wouldn’t let anyone’s negative comments touch me. My brother have also been bullied for the same reasons, paradoxically by a biracial ginger kid.
Luckily, we both benefited from our parents' amazing support system.
Because they had the hardship of being an interracial couple at a time when it wasn’t yet fully accepted, they just understood what my brother and I were going through.
I always felt accepted by both the black and white sides of my family, but I remember that the way my brother and I looked was disturbing to many people in northern England, where my grandparents lived. People would stop their car to look at us with their mouth hanging.
My profile can trouble many people, but I am also conscious that some are ready to take advantage of it. I am particularly referring to the fashion industry here.
I am a trend at the moment. I look ‘ethnic’ but not ‘too much’ which, according to brands, means that I have a high selling potential.
The way I look can now be marketed, just as freckles can be bought as makeup!
My piece of advice to all the girls who struggle to accept their hair would be the following: if people keep talking negatively about your hair, it’s simply because they don’t have anything else to do than to watch you!
Take every look, every stare as a compliment.