Consider it or not, Excessive College Musical is 15 years outdated this yr. Loads has modified since we have been first launched to the enduring group of East Excessive College college students, together with an acknowledgment and consciousness for the historic lack of Black illustration within the leisure and sweetness trade.
In an interview with Insider, Monique Coleman, who performed Taylor McKessie within the franchise, opened up in regards to the very intentional option to have her character put on headbands — and it wasn’t only for aesthetic functions. Whereas we grew to consider Taylor’s outfit coordinated headbands as simply part of the character’s private fashion, in actuality, Coleman defined that the hairstylists on set did not know find out how to do Black hair and the headbands acted as a fast repair for that.
“We have grown so much on this trade and we have grown so much in illustration and we have grown so much by way of understanding the wants of an African American actress,” Coleman mentioned. “However the fact is, is that they’d achieved my hair, and so they had achieved it very poorly within the entrance.”
The Excessive College Musical franchise could have began again in 2006, however this concern remains to be very prevalent at present. Whereas some progress has been made — notably in 2020 when folks spoke up and demanded long-overdue change — there’s nonetheless a scarcity of illustration of Black magnificence professionals within the trade. Not solely do extra Black hairstylists must be employed, however stylists needs to be nicely versed in working with all hair sorts, together with textured hair.