Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder. What is beauty? I think each person holds within their heart, their own standard of pulchritude.
I realized it just a few years back that it is not as important to follow trends and to do what everybody else is doing to be a part of the amalgamation of what the world’s definition of being beautiful is. It depends on you as a person and your own faith system. Hair has often been a discussion of beauty and the length and texture are often viewed as determinants of the standard.
“When everybody paints with lime green,
lime green no longer stands out”
– Chip Heath
Yet, there are those who go against the ideology and still do their own thing and every naturalista has their own story. My reason for cutting my hair off was done from an emotional standpoint. But that is not how every natural beauty started off their journey. Each afrolicious being has a different reason why. For 17 years old Emily Dupervil who had perms when younger, she came to a point in her life when she decided to cut all her hair off and to just do the natural thing.
Being a Naturalista
Anyone who has done the big chop will admit that their natural hair journey has been interesting. They either love their decision or quickly cave in and go back to the chemical treatments, which is not wrong. People do what makes them happy and that is the most important thing about life. Do what makes you individually you. I will admit that when I did it, I got many compliments but also many inquiries from folks asking me why I didn’t do something else or telling me that I look better with straight hair.
Yet, the journey is never about anybody else but about how we as individuals feel about ourselves. I love natural hair and I think it is so beautiful to be able to feel whole in your own skin.
“Show up in your life exactly as God intended you to be
– standing in truth, light and love”
– Nikki Giovanni
When you see Dupervil, you see a young and confident New York city teenager vibrating her wonderfully made features. Not only does she reflect it just by being uniquely who she is on a daily basis, but also through her art.
She captures the beauty of her blackness with brilliant art pieces created by the work of her own hands. She may be only 17 but she is vivaciously creative, she is so very intelligent and she is emotionally and spiritually connected to art.
Dupervil started drawing as a kid on the train. She enjoyed it so much that the magnetic pull of love for art made her decide to embrace it in a bigger way by taking art classes. In many of her art pieces, she highlights the vivacious beauty of the naturalists such as would many of Haiti’s popular art which embody images of the black experience.
“An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding;
and it is not to be found in foreign lands;
but in the heart itself”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
The Haitian-American young lady stays motivated by listening to Gospel songs like Marvin Sapp's “Never Would Have Made It” and Kirk Franklin’s “Wanna Be Happy” while brushing on a rainbow of passion onto a canvas, with a beauty that translates through art, the pulchritudinous person she is; inside and out. She experiments with acrylic, water colors and more. She expresses her passions in her Springfield Gardens dwelling place and also for school and plans to take on art more seriously by pursuing it as a collegiate focus.
Look out for the beautiful masterpieces of artisan, Emily Dupervil, because I am pretty sure the more that she has to share will one day woo the masses. This skilled warrior moved me already!