Embracing natural beauty
Around 12:30 this afternoon, a fire in the vacant lot behind the Industrial Arts section of the Church Hill, Christ Church school delayed the start of the event, which was to be held in the school’s auditorium. An emergency bell was rung and students, teachers and contest’s judges assembled on the school field to escape the smoke and ash. A fire tender arrived on the scene just before 1 p.m., and was able to diminish the blaze. Due to the fire, organisers of the event decided to move the hair competition to the nearby Christ Church Parish Centre, and school went on as usual.
Guest speaker of the event, Dr. Rosina Wiltshire encouraged the students to think of the fire as a good sign for the future.
“Fire is a symbol of getting rid of old things and making way for new things. You are leading us into the new. Today is a new day for Barbados…the region…and the world,” she said.
The gender specialist also told the participants they were serving as role models because they embraced their natural beauty, adding, “we have to understand that though the ideals of beauty are based on Europeans, we are beautiful as we are…We are part of the diversity of God’s creation.”
Even though it was a scaled-down version of what was originally planned, participants in the competition still showed off their unique hairstyles with pride. Before judges, made up of soca diva Alison Hinds, other past students and natural hairstylists, the students contested in the locks, twists, cornrows, Nubian knots, afros and puffs and combination styles categories. Some of them were defending champions and as well as created the styles they showcased.
The winners will be announced later this week. (LW)