In a short amount of time, performing artists Chloe x Halle (aka sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey) have become incredible fashionistas, known for their impeccable style and signature natural hairstyles. However, the sisters recently revealed that their gorgeous locs weren’t always so readily accepted early on in their careers.
In an Instagram Live interview with Beyoncé’s mother Tina Lawson, Chloe and Halle spoke about their experiences in the entertainment industry as young children whose hair was met with resistance from producers. Chloe said,
“We would go on auditions for these different roles, and so a lot of the feedback would be, ‘Oh we like you guys, but we don’t want to see the locs.’ So the solution was to, you know, get a wig to go on these auditions with.”
Halle added that the woman who set them up with the wigs tried to convince them that it was the “right hair,” something that everyone wore. But looking back on the situation, the two can’t help but cringe.
“We look back at the pictures; we looked like Trolls.”
Somehow, the ladies were able to fool their classmates, as Chloe recalled nonchalantly proclaiming to have combed out her locs when the drastic change in hairstyles was pointed out.
Despite her discomfort with the wigs, Chloe was still able to have a bit of fun with her fellow peers when the time came for the locs to return.
“The next week, I came back for the actual first day of school, and they said, ‘Oh, your hair is back!’ I said, ‘Yeah, I missed it, so I brought it back. Magic!’”
It’s unfortunate that adults were so uncomfortable with their hair that they forced them to wear wigs as children. But judging by their current image, it’s clear that the ladies were eventually able to stand their ground on wearing their locs as originally intended.
Sadly, there’s still so much pressure on Black women to cater to Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black women can even be fired from their jobs for wearing their natural hair and face other forms of blatant discrimination.
As their stars continue to rise, Chloe and Halle serve as positive role models for so many young women who may be confused about the many mixed messages surrounding beauty that they receive from the media, and just want to see people who look like them being celebrated.
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Ashley is a Blerd and pop culture glutton with a penchant for video games. She is a freelance writer, whose articles have appeared in Black Girl Nerds and Screen Rant. Life is happiest for her when she’s able to indulge in her childhood hobby, by putting pen to page.