Tell us your name and where you are from? 

My name is Ngozi Robinson and I’m from Washington, DC.

How long have you been natural? 

I have been natural my whole life, my mother never believed in putting chemicals in a black girls hair. When I was younger, I really urged her to let me get a relaxer because I was always surrounded by people of other ethnicities and they didn’t understand my hair texture. There is nothing like a black girl with strong, thick hair. I am so happy I never relaxed my hair, I hear so many horror stories! My hair is healthy, happy and also extremely versatile! Shoutouts to my mom for that one!!

What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?

I am a model, I just started 5 months ago upon moving to New York City. And my experiences with resistance and compatibility depend on who I’m working with, although I have not experienced a lot of resistance towards my hair. Most people in the industry love my hair because it is unique. I have also had the great opportunity to work with very well trained hairstylists that are knowledgeable on all types of hair so it was never really a big deal. Most of the shows I have been doing wanted big, wild hair anyway so the stylist would put in extensions or wigs on all of the models.

Describe your hair.

THICK. It’s also temperamental and changes every day. I call her “Rebel Strands”. Love her though!

(Hair in 2008)

 

What is your regimen?

I wash and condition it every two to three weeks. Sometimes I cornrow it at night when it’s wet but most of the time I just pull it back, because I’m usually on my way to a shoot or fashion show in which they will do my hair for me.

(Mild Blowout 2011)

What is your best hair advice?
 
Take care of it! Love your hair or she will leave you.

What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?

When I was younger people used to ask, “How I get it like that?” I would always think “Umm, I’m Black, I was born this way!”

How would you describe your personal fashion style?
 
It’s hard for me to describe my style because it changes every single day. I get extremely bored with my clothes and I always want to try a new look. I get inspired every day, especially living in New York I see so much beautiful art and I want to live it out. I guess if I really have to choose a few words to describe my style I would say mixy-matchey, colorful, old school, fun and flirty.

What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion for fear of being judged by others?
There is no feeling like being yourself and showing your true colors to the world. If you know that you are giving the universe your authentic self you will be happy and you won’t care about other’s opinion. I learned that people who judge others by the way they dress are just jealous that they don’t have the courage to do it. I get looks every day from people and I don’t know if they’re all good, but quite frankly, I don’t care! I live for inspiration, if I have inspired someone I am happy and I get acknowledged by a pretty amazing mass of people just for being myself. It a marvelous feeling, you should try it!

What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?

Stop being jealous, it is a very unattractive trait. I hope that these people find themselves and are one day able to be express themselves freely, but until then they should stop taking their insecurities out on other people. Once people stop worrying about how they are perceived to someone, the world will be a much more beautiful place.

When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?

 A lot of my inspiration comes from my sister Asha. She helped me break in my bold factor and looking how I want to look. She is so creative and innovative, she inspires me every day. Old school movies too, anything from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to a Spike Lee Joint. Another person that inspires me is my mom, she is an African Queen and she dresses to show it. She often wears beautiful West African clothing and she looks like royalty while doing it, I often times wear some of her clothes so I can feel like royalty too. I also get a lot of inspiration from modern art museums. I would often see a piece and think “How awesome would that look as a belt or earrings.”

 

Do you have a blog/website?  

Yes! I have a tumblr and I’m working on creating a website: http://ngozibadu.tumblr.com You can also add me on Facebook: Ngozi Badu and follow me on Twitter: @NgoziBadu

Anything else 

Thank you for reading my interview! I hope every artist reading this keeps in touch so we can collaborate on creating more beauty in the world!

What makes you an Urban Bush Babe? 

I’m an Urban Bush Babe because I’m not afraid to be who I am. The world sees me and I am making my mark on it without any fears, doubts or regrets.

Let the world see you!!!