In honor of Black History Month here in the UK, we are celebrating 6 Black British babes who have slayed our locs while making an impact.
Challenging prejudice, igniting conversations, and unapologetically repping their culture is just some of the vital work they do to contribute to a more diverse society.
We stan our loc-rocking trailblazers proudly taking up space in their industries...
1. Emma Dabiri
Writer, academic and broadcaster, powerhouse Emma has accolades for days. Renowned for shaking things up, Emma's award-winning book 'Don't Touch My Hair', intellectually irons out the historical significance, stigmas and politics attached to Black hair.
It's not surprising that she keeps it real in looks that advocate her roots, from traditional Yoruba styles to Boho Locs, this queen makes us feel seen.
2. Naomie Harris
Starring in James Bond, Pirates Of The Caribbean, and Moonlight (to name a few), Naomie’s powerful performances have earned her Oscar and BAFTA nominations. Her integrity is just as applaudable - "I said from the very start when I had no money and no security whatsoever. I will always do roles that I am proud of and that do not denigrate me as a woman or as a Black woman."
No biggie, just Bronde Boho Goddess Locs are red-carpet approved.
3. Mercedes Benson
An icon for shutting it down on the gram with her fire content, Mercedes is making waves on and offline. From volunteering in Kenya to founding SocialFIXT a hub for 'connecting Black Talent to jobs in the creative industry'.
Mercedes uses her influence to spark change, you can catch her partnering with big brands like Google to vocalise the need for Black leadership. When she's not uplifting our community, she's giving us all the vibes with her DJ sets.
4. Jourdan Dunn
The first Black British model to enter the Forbes rich list, Jourdan is no stranger to breaking down barriers.
She fearlessly expresses her experiences as a Black woman in an intensely competitive industry, from having to do her own hair and make-up on set, to feeling isolated for vocalising the flaws in fashion. "I want to see us get to a place where seeing a Black girl, anywhere, is not such a big deal."
5. Afua Hirsh
Writer, broadcaster, and former barrister, Afua mixes passion with purpose. She works to educate society on the realities of British history, human rights, and how racial injustice shapes our lives.
Afua's book 'Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging', won awards for its call for change. Dismantling harmful narratives and sparking honest conversations is at the heart of all Afua's admirable work.
6. Trina Charles
Hosting body-confidence workshops to cultivating The Curve Catwalk, a safe space to 'jiggle your beauty' - Trina hustles with heart to advocate the importance of self-love.