Artist Laetitia Ky conveys her message with hair

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Ky’s work is a visual contribution to the global conversation on the politicisation of black women’s hair
Ky’s work is a visual contribution to the global conversation on the politicisation of black women’s hair

Hair sculpture artist and Ivorian self-crowned goddess Laetitia Ky creates art that comments on social issues such as mental health and gender equality. Nickita Maesela chats to her about her work and her journey to becoming an Instagram artist.

Artist, model and aspiring actress Laetitia Ky considers herself a feminist activist. Using an African feminist artistic lens, she draws attention to the power of black women’s hair and bodies in a world that spins on an antiblack axis in terms of beauty ideas.

“Once I have the idea, I draw it, but only when there is a lot of detail. For designs with less detail, I just visualise the thing and I’m good,” she tells #Trending via a Zoom interview.

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