May I Introduce: Favour J (@br0wnn_sugar)
I met Favour when I was shooting for "CROWNS". I discovered her via instagram especially because of the creative hairdos she'd be showing pulling off. Meeting her in person, she explained that she did hair for shootings before and I made a note to myself to def. collaborate with her. Those skills seemed incredible.
A few month later I stumbled across and article by Charisse Chikwiri on Refinery29 who was interviewing Favour on a special art project regarding hair! Inf act I had been seeing some of those "pass port photos" on her instagram already, but didn't know it was actually an art project. Checking them out again there were so many different hair styles, braid techniques, ideas on how to make that "crown" look incredible. Not just the hair but also accessories to cover or add to the hairdo were shown in so many different ways. Looking at them I figured it must have taken her ages but apparently all those looks were done and worn within 5 month.
Each photo, taken over the last five months, displays Favour wearing a different hairstyle (all self-styled) and channelling personas from Janet Jackson circa 1993 to a traditional woman of Favour’s homeland in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. She titled the project 'A Statement of Pride'. "My hair is mine. I can do whatever I want with it, no one else is in control. It’s my power, my strength and my crown. I can wear it anywhere and in any way I want to", says Favour. (via Refinery29)
Definitely make sure you follow this girl on instagram and check out some interview excerpts below. All credits for those go to Refinery29 and Charisse Chikwiri
Dec. 22, 2017
Labels: On track, May I introduce
“I want to see people’s reactions to my work, rather than just seeing it on the internet or on Instagram," she says. "It’s people’s expressions that give me satisfaction." To Favour, identity is “the things that you carry with you. You identify with what’s in your heart.” With each new hairstyle, “you don’t necessarily become a new person, but you do take on a new persona, like an alter ego. It’s just being yourself and being able to do that transformation yourself is something that’s quite magical.” (via Refinery29)
What comes with each new persona could be anything from a change in style to a shift in the way you walk or carry yourself. “My outfits change based on what hairstyle I have. When you have a straight weave with a middle parting, you automatically walk around flipping your hair to the side,” Favour laughs, demonstrating the motion. (via Refinery29)