Can hair be a medium for both art and politics simultaneously? Laetitia Ky spared us from the search for an answer. Spoiler alert: it’s a yes!
Ivory Coast artist Laetitia has been braiding hair since she was five years old. She turned this interest in braiding into art, creating incredible hair sculptures that are both whimsical and powerful. What started as a fun way to express her creativity has since transformed into a form of political expression, promoting a vision of African beauty grounded in pre-colonial aesthetic traditions; a commitment to body-positivity; and a well-defined feminist politics.
Laetitia’s various hair sculptures from pistol shape ponytails to a gender equality balance on top of her scalp compelled thousands to follow her on her Instagram account. As of today she has over 182k followers on instagram that are eager to witness how she pushes boundaries using only extensions, wire, wool, a needle and thread.
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Fierce, royal, confident, beautiful, strong, intelligent. This is what you are dear woman ! So never hide yourself and go out run this world cause you are indomitable and no one can stop you ! Thank you baby sis for the shoot @kyflorencia 😍 #felin #leopard #wlyg #braids #braidart #indomitable #selfconfidence
Laetitia has also launched “Kystroy”, a clothing brand into which her politics and body positivity are innately built. The labels, for example, don’t use the words ‘small,’ ‘medium,’ or ‘large,’ but rather ‘stunning,’ ‘magnificent,’ and ‘lovely’, true to her feminist stance.
The young artist acknowledges that her art is pretty innovative and unique and elaborates by stating “People remember what you say because of how you say it. My art is a bit unusual, so I thought, if I add a message, maybe it will stick.”
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Dear uterus, do you have something to say to all theses people that want to control you and decide for you ??? Uterus: F.U.C.K Y.A.L.L. The biggest group of people that follow me are american women so it was important for me to do something to show my support in the battle they are right now… if you dont know some states there, restrict the abortion law and i can feel the pain… in my own country we never had the right to do freely abortion… because of that, a lot of young women die everyday when they try to illegaly get rid of their pregnancy… because its illegal, they dont have access to safe way to do it and use sometime extremely dangerous things and ways to abort. Some women here are in the fight to have that right too… so i cant imagine after all the battle, have it, and dont have it after because some men will decide what we should do with our bodies. What happen in america is a lesson for all women around the word… our rights are never acquired. So after the fight to have them, we have to continue to fight to keep them…. a lack of vigilance and everything is taken back from us… this is sad but we all have to keep fighting… Abortion right is a woman right. OUR UTERUS OUR RULES. OUR BODIES OUR RULES. Stay strong. #abortion #womenrights #uterus #art #speak #battle