Reframing one's self through hair: where identity and history meet

words by Soukayna & hair by Laurie Deraps 

‘’With these reflections in mind, I wanted to honor what I know of my truth. With my hair as a playground, I explored feminine and masculine Amazigh hairdos and united two aspects of my being that I value. As we shaved my head little by little throughout the day of the shoot, I could feel the weight of expectations slowly shedding off of me with all the time and energy spent questioning my being’s legitimacy – as if my existence alone wasn’t proof of faith, culture, and love in itself’’