“El cabello es una gran parte del auto-cuidado”, aunque no lo muestre.

“Si tu cabello está o no al descubierto, eso no afecta cuánto te importa”, es lo primero que dice Amena Khan en un promocional de la marca L’Oreal en el que aparece con su velo islámico hiyab cubriéndole el mismo.

Aunque no es la primera campaña de publicidad en incluir a una mujer musulmana que defiende el uso del velo, sí lo es en el ámbito de los productos para cabello. De acuerdo a Khan, la publicidad deja ver que “están valorando las voces que tenemos”.

“Hay que preguntarse, ¿por qué se asume que  las mujeres que no muestran su cabello no lo cuidan? Lo contrario a eso sería pensar que todas las personas que muestran su cabello solo lo hacen con la intención de que otros lo vean. Esa mentalidad nos quita nuestra autonomía y nuestro sentido de la independencia”, dijo después en entrevista para Vogue UK.

I arrived to a set that was beyond anything I could imagine. With several open studio areas spread across a giant building, the first thing that hit me was the scale of the project. There were colourful sets assembled with multiple people behind the cameras. Amongst the buzzing of constant activity, the crew & @lorealhair team would often smile & say hello, always welcoming. Shoots like this are invariably stressful somewhere along the line, but I didn’t detect a hint of that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀In the makeup room, I couldn’t contain my excitement about the project. @karindarnell regaled us with stories about the celeb world (being Riri’s MUA), all the while swiftly working her magic with makeup. We exchanged stories of working & of motherhood. @neelamkg joined us. Being an internationally successful model, I’m always struck by how “real” & humble she is. All 3 of us chatted away about life, triumph & sacrifice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Lunch was great - lots of Vegan options so I was happy. The atmosphere was energised, especially as @ling.kt was on my table. She uplifts everyone around her. I ate quickly as we had some outdoor photography to do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Our beloved weather did the predictable… as we stood at the main door, it started to drizzle. But before I knew it, someone had slipped a robe & slippers on me. There I was, in a van with 5 other people from the team, driving down to the canal in the area. It was surreal but exhilarating. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Back at the studio, super friendly @francescajordan did touch ups as it grew closer to my turn. The photographer was the legendary genius, @rankinarchive. A quiet, down to earth man, he was deliberate & thoughtful in every shot. I felt confident, unexpectedly calm & filled with gratitude. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Then came the interview. @lillycon, the interviewer, put me at ease quickly. She has the kind of vibe that makes it easy to speak with honesty - to just be yourself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀When the long day finished & I was back on the train home, I reflected... not on how awesome this campaign (obviously) is, but more on the kindness I was privileged to have encountered that day (in so many more ways), & the beauty in connection between human beings <3

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La misma campaña muestra a varias mujeres con diferentes tipos de cabello y a un hombre, con el que la empresa busca apelar a la diversidad.

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