via: Greenroom Magazine
Written By: Courtney Phillips
Photos: Brad Ogbonna
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“When I went natural, other things started to change in myself,” explains Cipriana Quann while on the phone from her home in New York City.
As a former model, Quann is well acquainted with the looming expectations of beauty. She was consistently told that her hair was a “problem” and if she could only “tame” it she’d be able to take her career further. In the fashion industry, where creativity supposedly has no limits, she felt as if her beauty was restricted and confined to a mainstream mold that undermined her personal reflection of beauty. With that, she decided to resign from modeling to embrace her natural beauty and see where it would take her.
Fast-forward to today and you’ll see Quann has taken her career into her own hands as a blogger with creative partner, Nikisha Brunson, in the creation of UrbanBushBabes.com. She was named one of the Best Dressed Blogger by Vogue in December 2013. Considering the blog was initiated as recently as 2011, the amount of growth and recognition it has received is remarkable. One can’t help but notice the irony of Quann being pushed out of the fashion community for not fitting in only to turn around and be revered for breaking the mold.
Quann’s break away from modeling gave her the space to explore her naturality and start the “Urban Bush Babes” blog to inspire others to explore that option too. The passions behind the blog came from a respect for women of color and their overall health. The mission has since expanded, but Quann made it clear that there is a need for people to know, “There’s a life outside of that mainstream idea of what a woman of color is, like Love and Hip Hop or Real Housewives of Atlanta.”, she doesn’t want the mainstream view of women of color to be the only representation out there. UrbanBushBabes.com seeks to contradict this, by displaying the different lifestyles women of color can lead. Quann states, “You don’t have to look a certain way, you don’t have to wear your hair a certain way, or talk a certain way.” This site shows that to be natural is to simply be you.
Quann is not just a blogger, she’s an educator. She is a free spirit showing the way…
Read much more of my feature by Courtney Phillips plus…
my first feature cover story with Zoe Kravitz, James Levy and Jimmy Giannopoulos for their new band ‘Lolawolf’ at Greenroom Magazine. Details on how to purchase the Greenroom magazine issue 02 (make sure to scroll down to issue 02) here