“Aisha Boubacar, Creates Children’s Book Celebrating Black Hair During Lockdown”
During the pandemic lockdown, Aisha Boubacar, then 14, found herself experimenting with her Afro-textured hair. Her journey to appreciate her natural hair soon turned into a love story with her hair, which she documented in the form of a children’s book titled “Crowned in Curls”. The rhyming story is based on her childhood and follows Imani, a young girl, who learns to love her curly hair after overcoming her insecurities about it.
Boubacar, a Toronto teen, partnered with Montreal publisher Paper Dog Press to release the book. She hopes that her story will help other Black girls develop a stronger self-image and recognize the beauty in their natural hair. “Other Black girls would go through something similar to what I was going through because it’s so common to hate your natural hair in the society that we live in,” she said. Boubacar wants people to understand that they do not have to conform to Caucasian beauty standards to feel beautiful and hopes that her story inspires others to embrace their natural beauty.