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Today kicks off Black History Month so let’s take a quick history lesson in the world of….hair.
Kim Kardashian was recently dragged on social media for referencing actress Bo Derek for her braided hairstyle. Bo famously wore the braids during her beach scene in the movie “10”
This isn’t the first time social media clowned the Kardashian empire for their lack of historical knowledge and cultural appropriation.
The “Bo Derek” backlash was instant, and it made its way back to the actress herself.f
Bo posted a photo on her Instagram about Kim’s reference and schooled those who didn’t know where the iconic look originated from.
Yes, that style originated from Queen Ahmose-Nefertari, the first Queen of the 18th Dynasty in Ancient Egypt.
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Now here’s a quick history lesson about her.
Queen Ahmose-Nefertari was not an ordinary Queen. I would expect nothing less from a woman who spawned an extraordinary hairstyle.
There had been many Queens who ruled Egypt, but according to Egyptian history, Queen Ahmose-Nefertari was the most respected out of them all. She took care of temples, held workshops, made certain lands were in order and oversaw all treasuries. She was a great First Lady in her day.
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Referred to as the “Queen of Resurrection,” she married pharaoh, Ahmose I and had three sons with him. However, records indicate she may have had more. Her son Amenhotep I was to succeed his father after his passing but was very young at the time. Queen Ahmose-Nefertari supposedly ruled as Queen-regent in his stead until he reached maturity.
She reportedly died in her 70s, and fake hair was patched into her strands when her body was discovered in 1885. But despite losing her hair in older age, her legacy of gorgeous braids stills lives on a thousand years later.
So ladies, the next time someone wants to claim those braids as Bo Derek’s, let them know it was inspired by a Queen.