Being Natural or Not

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“Can I touch your hair? Every day non-black people, and black people, will come and ask me the question”, said Carolyn Parker-Fairbain, a 16-year-old black girl. “You may not want to ask anyone such question, ” she said at home on March 31, Boston. She plays with the wig on her head, which brings her as many eyeballs as insults on March 31, Boston.  Photo by Xinlei Chen
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Carolyn Parker-Fairbain(front), a Boston-born black teen girl, is helped by her Mum(back) to weave long wigs in between her short curly hair in a way of braiding, the process took her 12 hours last time. She looks into selfie camera of a smartphone at her home on March 31, Boston. Carolyn’s mother(back) wears plastic gloves and helps with hairs on the back side of her head. Photo by Xinlei Chen
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Carolyn Parker-Fairbain, a Boston-born black teen girl, frowns while she is dealing with wigs which she attaches to her short natural hair by braiding on March 31, Boston. She says, “I used to have knots but people made fun of me. So I shaved them off, and leave it natural, and short, then they started to call me lesbian.” Photo by Xinlei Chen
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Carolyn Parker-Fairbain(right), a black teen girl, weaves long wigs in between her natural hair at home on March 31, Boston. Photo by Xinlei Chen
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Carolyn Parker-Fairbain(right), a Boston-born black teen girl, smiles and looks into the distance while she is weaving wigs in between her natural hair at home on March 31, Boston. She says, “I am more comfortable with who I am now.” Photo by Xinlei Chen
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