I love that I am so versatile! Being biracial (African American/Puerto Rican) I was exposed to the versatility of the brown woman first hand. It took me a while to see and appreciate that beauty.
Meet Christina Bright, a young woman with powerful and blissful soul with amazing freckles to die for! Versatility Beauty&Fashion is so honored to have the chance to interview this Chica and that Miss Bright has joined the Healthy Movement with Versatility Beauty&Fashion! In this interview Christina Bright shares about her YouTube channel EveryDayIsChrisMiss, her love of her unique beauty and style being versatile and the journey it took for her to embrace her beautiful freckles and curly mane.
Who is Christina Bright?
Christina Bright is a kind, loving, funny 26 year old mother of 1. I believe that learning how to look at the bright side of any situation is the key to living a happy life.
Tell us about your YouTube-channel Everyday Is Chris Miss?
Everyday Is Chris Miss is a platform for me to connect directly with anyone who watches. I’m challenging myself to open up and be completely honest with sharing my journey. From intimate video diaries to fun DIY projects , I want to encourage people to seek the very thing that I’m seeking…living a happy, purposeful life.
How would you describe your inner beauty?
When I think about my inner beauty , I think about my ability to make people feel comfortable in confiding to me about any and everything. It validates some of the things I see in myself. It makes me feel that I am, in fact, the loving , compassionate, trustworthy person I always believed I was.
What do you love about your beauty?
I love that I am so versatile! From all of they ways I am able to wear my hair to all of the different styles of dress I experiment with. Being biracial (African American/Puerto Rican) I was exposed to the versatility of the brown woman first hand. It took me a while to see and appreciate that beauty.
Versatility Beauty&Fashion adores your freckles and thinks that you are uniquely beautiful. Versatility Beauty&Fashion is also more than happy that models with freckles are progressively appearing in the beauty commercials etc since freckles used to be viewed as unattractive. There is a model with beautiful freckles called Nikia Phoenix who was interviewed on Tyra Banks show where she shared her story to Tyra on how she used to be teased as a little girl because of her freckles. Today she has embraced her beauty and now making a statement that freckles is attractive! Did you as child have the same experience as Nikia being teased about her freckles or have you also loved your freckles and could careless about what other thought about them?
I was definitely teased growing up because of my freckles. I didn’t start getting freckles until I was about 8-9 years old. I remember being a kid in grade school, and I was just starting to like boys. I was already tall and lanky and stood out from the rest of the girls. It was that time when boys were still picking on the girls they liked. All of the boys would tease me. It was devastating. I started to defend myself, and got pretty good at telling joking on them in return! That experience gave me thicker skin, it showed me how to be witty, and eventually how to be confident. One of the teacher’s aides saw me getting teased in the playground one time (she had a face full of freckles) and she told me that freckles represent how many angels kissed you before you came down from heaven. I’ve loved them ever since.
What do you love the most when it comes to your beautiful hair?
I love that its just hair. I treat it as an accessory and since doing the big chop I love that I don’t need it to feel beautiful. I didn’t know it then, but my hair went from it being a source of a lot of pain and self-hatred when I was younger to a security blanket after the natural hair movement resurfaced. I love the strength I am able to feel from the different ways I wear it as well as the power that I feel I have without it.
What three things would you recommend for women with curly/coily hair?
#1 DON’T STRESS YOURSELF!
Everyday does not have to be your best hair day yet. It’s ok if every coil isn’t perfect or if your length isn’t what you want it to be. Allow yourself to go through the journey with your hair. Let your hair do what it does sometimes not only what you make it do!
#2 TRIAL AND ERROR
From styles to products …you can research all day and night but sometimes you just have to try some things for yourself. Natural hair is bold. It’s about taking risks so don’t play it safe!
#3 NATURAL PRODUCTS
There are so many good brands that cater to natural hair but don’t forget to use natural oils! From coconut oil, raw shea, to Jamaican black castor oil…they work wonders!
What three things would you not recommend women with curly/coily hair?
#1 BE INSPIRED BY OTHER NATURALS BUT DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF
The natural hair community is HUGE especially on social media. We see thousands of images on our feeds of women with absolutely perfect hair. We love to be featured on natural blogs wondering why our hair isn’t as perfect. Think more about the health of your hair, and be happy and content with YOUR hair.
#2 PRODUCTS WITH ALCOHOL
They dry your hair out!
#3 DON’T DYE YOUR HAIR IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE CARE OF IT
If you dye it , make sure you are caring for it properly to prevent damage. I learned this the hard way!
Four years ago, Versatility Beauty&Fashion interviewed the famous natural hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood. One of the questions Versatility Beauty&Fashion asked her was what she thought about the trend amongst women with coily or curly hair becoming natural. She responded that in her perspective becoming natural is not a trend, but more as a movement. Do you agree or disagree with Felicia Leatherwood statement about becoming natural is a movement?
I think that anything that bonds people is a movement. The natural hair movement is about way more than the hair. It’s about women (men) having the courage to be their natural selves. Through this movement, we share with each other. We network. We inspire one another. We build relationships. We encourage. Most importantly, we celebrate each other’s individual beauty. The undeniable unity in the community makes it a movement.
There has been a lot of discussions about why there most be one type of ideal beauty. Since 2013 the ideal of woman’s body is to look strong and therefore the new ideal of beauty is ”Strong is the new skinny”. Versatility Beauty&Fashion is pro-health and believes that working-out is the best medicine you can give to your body and soul. But some women misunderstand the ideal and work out too much that they hurt themselves. Instead of taking a break to let their injury fully heal; they take pills to counteract the injury to sustain their work out in fear of gaining weight! What are your thoughts about today’s attitude of the ”new” ideal of body?
I think that everyone should take pride in how their body looks but I think it becomes unhealthy when it becomes an obsession. When you start to compromise your physical health I think it’s gone too far.
How often do you work out/ how often do you think one should work out to feel good?
I am definitely hot and cold with the gym. There are times where I’ll go everyday and times where I don’t go at all. I do maintain a healthy lifestyle. I eat well and do a lot of walking. I think you should always challenge yourself physically. From dancing , running, to yoga …I believe there is something for everyone.
Versatility Beauty&Fashion has started the Healthy movement with Versatility Beauty&Fashion 2015, where we want to inspire women around the world to set goals for achieving healthy hair, healthy body and healthy soul(inner beauty) this year of 2015. If you would like to join the movement what would your goals be to achieve healthier body, hair and soul this year of 2015?
- Healthier body: working out more consistently!
- Healthier hair: continue to nurture and learn my hair
- Healthier soul (inner beauty): learning to love myself better
Interview: by Charity Odum