Who Says Afros Can’t Be Elegant? Get Into These Celebs Rocking Their Fluffy ‘Fros With Pride

Young Hollywood might want to take notes.

The subject of hair has been more controversial in the Love & Hip Hop universe now than ever before. Miami star Amara La Negra has been tangled up in a seemingly never ending dispute with Young Hollywood over comments he made about her hair. The producer seems to think that Amara’s signature afro will hold her back in the mainstream music world, while Amara thinks his critiques come from a place of ignorance.

For decades now there’s been a debate about whether or not afros are unprofessional. (How though?!) But it’s evident that we are starting to see a shift in that. A-listers like Viola Davis, Solange and Zendaya and Issa Rae have proudly rocked their natural hair while destroying the myth that kinky hair isn’t beautiful, sophisticated or, in Young Hollywood’s words, “elegant.” Flip through the gallery and peep the beautiful moments some of our favorite celebrities dared to rock their ’fros with pride.

  • 1 Jenifer Lewis and Sydelle Noelat
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    These two ladies looked elegant as ever at the 2018 SAG Awards.

  • 2 Lupita Nyong’o
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    Lupita crushed this cropped natural look at the 2018 SAG Awards (but honestly when does she look bad in anything?)

  • 3 Viola Davis
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    The glow, the fro…man, she’s everything!

  • 4 Solange
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    Solo arrived at the 2016 Met Gala, the most “elegant” event of the year, reppin’ her natural locks. Look at that!

  • 5 Tanika Ray
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    Her golden honey curls bring out those gorgeous features.

  • 6 Lil’ Mama
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    This fro’d out updo is a showstopper.

  • 7 Tracee Ellis Ross
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    Count on this Black-ish star to keep an on point fro.

  • 8 Susan Kelechi Watson
    The This Is Us actress has no problem showing off her natural beauty.

  • 9 Judith Hill
    As if the hair wasn’t head-turning enough, get into those sequins!

  • 10 Colin Kaepernick
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    The former football player and activist accepted the 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in all of his ’fro’ed out glory.

  • 11 Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett
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    Her beauty shines from the inside out.

  • 12 Zendaya
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    Now that’s how you make an entrance.

  • 13 Esperanza Spalding
    The only thing more gorgeous than her seafoam green gown is that stunning full head of hair.

  • 14 Tina Kunakey
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    You couldn’t tell miss thing nothin’ that night. The Italian model was a sight for sore eyes at the Venice Film Festival.

  • 15 Uzo Aduba
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    The Orange Is The New Black star rocked a full fro to the 2017 Emmys.

  • 16 Shoniqua Shandai
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    The actress is a literal ray of sunshine with her creamsicle dress and shoulder-length ’fro.

  • 17 Issa Rae
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    The Insecure creator is yet another example that Black Girls Rock!

  • 18 Nathalie Emmanuel
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    The Game of Thrones actress, and her natural curls, are here to stay. Get used to it!

  • 19 Jessica Williams
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    The comedian was giving neon perfection at a 2018 Grammy’s after party, but her beautifully thick ’fro stole the show.

  • 20 Cynthia Bailey
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    As if there’s anything she doesn’t look good in.

Amara La Negra and Young Hollywood relive their studio session where the hair controversy first started in this ’Check Yourself’ clip.

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