NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 09: Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage at the 3rd annual Diane Von Furstenberg awards at the United Nations on March 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 14: Oprah Winfrey speaks during a media conference ahead of the first taping of the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ at the at the Sydney Opera House on December 14, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. 12,000 audience members were selected from 350,000 applicants to participate in two tapings of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ at the Sydney Opera House. Oprah descended on Australia last week with 302 super fans from the US, Canada and Jamaica to produce four shows for the 25th and final season of the program. the shows will air in the US and Australia in January 2011. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 06: Oprah Winfrey speaks during the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 6, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 06: Oprah Winfrey arrives at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s 2011 TCA Winter Press Tour Cocktail Party at the Horseshoe Gardens at the Langham Hotel on January 6, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 27: Presenter Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
MEYERTON, HENLEY ON KLIP – JANUARY 14: Oprah Winfrey attends a press conference at the inaugural graduation of the class of 2011 at Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls on January 14, 2012 in Henley on Klip, South Africa. (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images)
COLLEGE PARK, GA – MAY 20: Oprah Winfrey attends the Spelman College Commencement at Georgia International Convention Center on May 20, 2012 in College Park, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 22: Talk show host Oprah Winfrey attends the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Gala August 22, 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD – FEBRUARY 27: Talk show host Oprah Winfrey arrives at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK – DECEMBER 01 : Television personality Oprah Winfrey attends the Broadway opening of ‘The Color Purple’ that she produced at the Broadway Theatre December 1, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
From Clutch Magazine: There are few women of color who didn’t see Chris Rock’s interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” where he felt Oprah Winfrey’s scalp for tracks. (There were none). And when her hairstylist, Andre Walker, made some off-color comments about “Type 4 hair,” many were up in arms. Needless to say, when Oprah talks hair, women listen.
Oprah on the cover of September ‘O.’
The fact that the September issue of O: The Oprah Magazine shows Ms. Winfrey rocking a textured voluminous ‘fro is a truly big deal. It’s similar to the way commenters reacted when they saw a (doctored) photograph of Michelle Obama wearing a natural. When a public figure of that stature embraces textured hair, it tells the world what we already know: natural is beautiful.