Oprah And More Black Celebrities Embrace Their Natural Hair [PHOTOS]

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    Singer Solange Knowles is also a spokeswoman for Carol's Daughter, which carries hair products for all hair types. It is not hard to see why. Her natural hair is absolutely stunning. Reuters
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    Though she has worn every hairstyle from ponytails to weaves, actress Symone recently embraced her natural locks. Last year, she sat with a blogger for website CurlyNikki, which focuses on hair-related issues, and spoke about black women's natural hair. "It’s not 'cool.' It’s not as accepted in Hollywood. I don’t feel like the person that people see on TV when I rock my natural hair. And it’s not that I don’t love it, I so love it! I wear it out a lot. It’s really mine, mine, and mine alone." Reuters
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For the first time, Oprah debuts her natural hair on the cover of "O, The Oprah Magazine."

In American society, acceptance generally entails having straight Eurocentric hairstyles. Acclaimed rapper Nicki Minaj, for instance, is one of many black celebrities who promote and glorify fake hair to mimic a certain standard of beauty. Minaj has straightened hair in every public appearance and in every music video due to a wide array of wigs and weaves.

 In her 2011 single "Did it On Em" many black women were in uproar when Minaj rapped, "These nappy headed hoes need a perminator," making a negative commentary about black women's natural locks.

But many black celebrities lately have been embracing their natural, "kinky" hair, and showing that the hair texture they were born with is beautiful too.

Oprah, on her latest magazine cover, does not use any straightening products on her tresses, showing it in it's natural, curly form. And she looks stunning.

But she admits that she had a difficult relationship with her gorgeous, but at times, unruly, curls and almost cut her hair off. In her latest publication, Oprah states, "I wanted to wear it close-cropped a la Camille Cosby but her husband Bill convinced me otherwise. 'Don't do it,' he said. 'You've got the wrong head shape and you'll disappoint yourself.' I took his advice."  

Oprah is not the first black female celebrity to embrace her natural mane. Check out these other stars who show off their beauty with their own hair.

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