Afro hair in the media

Recently at a girls school in South Africa, black girls have been penalised by members of staff for refusing to straighten their hair. In some cases the school is forcing the students to chemically strengthen their hair into a style that they deem to be acceptable as they see natural afro hair whether out or in braids as 'untidy'.

The incident quickly went viral on social media platforms and caught the attention of politicians, the Economic Freedom Fighters party accused the school of seeking “to directly suppress blackness in its aesthetics and culture”. 


This is the type of issue I am going to address in my project this semester. 

Protest at the school in Pretoria, SA

Protest at the school in Pretoria, SA

Parys Gardener

I’m a Bristolian studying illustration and visual communication in London and I like to base my work around both everyday experiences as well as documenting  my journey through life as a black woman of Jamaican decent. I’m interested in identity, sociology and culture and work across a range of mediums.