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Celebrating Black Beauty!

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Philomena Kwao

Plus-size model Philomena Kwao is known for her bold and beautiful shaved cut. The British-Ghanaian model stands for embracing natural beauty and is the perfect example of it! The Queen In Me author spoke with us about her camera-ready look.

“Growing up I played with dolls that were White and read books where the character was always White and had fair skin,” recalls Philomena about why she wrote The Queen In Me. “[The book] is really a poem about appreciating the features that we as Black women, practically darker skinned Black women, have and how to celebrate them.”

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When ask about how she got into modeling Philomena explained, “When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor; I had a year of clinical experience and realized that it wasn’t for me…I fell into modeling and realized, ‘okay, this is fun.’” As for her signature Natural look, the model/author shared, “When I was about three-years-old, [my mom] permed [my hair] straight. I went between wearing a relaxer and Jheri Curls…and then I discovered weaves when I was 12…One day I got tired and randomly shaved off my hair, and that’s why my hair is short.”

She goes on to say, “I model almost exclusively with my Natural hair because that has become a part of my image, my brand—and my clients really like it. I started modeling with my hair shaved off, so I always have been Natural, in the modeling sense.”

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