Meechy Monroe, a YouTube Star for Her Natural Hair Lessons, Dies at 32

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Meechy Monroe, a YouTube Star for Her Natural Hair Lessons, Dies at 32
Ms. Monroe recorded every inch of her progress, starting with a moment she —
and many others making the transition — referred to as the “big chop.” Once she began to grow bouncy corkscrew curls, she said, women stopped her on the street: Did she like going natural?
Ms. Monroe talked about transitions as a revolution for women freeing themselves from a lifetime of hot combs, perms
and extensions, said her sister, Vaughn Colquitt, who also has a beauty channel on YouTube.
By AMISHA PADNANIJULY 13, 2017
Meechy Monroe, who achieved YouTube fame with hairstyle tutorials
that empowered black women to embrace the natural hair movement and forgo harsh chemicals, died June 27 at a nursing home in Westmont, Ill. She was 32.
“What is deemed desirable is measured against white standards of beauty, which include long and straight hair (usually blonde),
that is, hair that is not kinky or nappy,” she said in her book “Hair Matters: Beauty, Power and Black Women’s Consciousness” (2000).

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