US Virgin Islands — St. Croix I AM BEAUTIFUL: event wrap + gallery
On the heels of the St. Thomas event, we all got up early in the morning and boarded a seaplane to hop over to St. Croix, which is another island just 20 minutes away. We were welcomed by a delicious home-cooked island meal (and yes, I’ll be doing a post just of the island sights, flights and flavors!) before heading to the hotel to get ready.
If you follow me on Instagram (@cassiroll), then you know I was particularly excited about the dress I picked out for this event. I cannot recall a time when I have ever worn just BLACK for a natural hair event, usually opting for something bright, colorful and loud. But when I saw this dress in New Orleans, I had to have it. The sheer lace was just too haute to pass up! I paired it with my funky wooden earrings, winged liner and bold red lip to create the picture perfect ensemble.
Anywho, enough about me, I wanna talk about the Cruzan naturalistas! They came out in full force to enjoy the presentations and shop around the vendors at the event. I truly enjoyed getting to speak with them, especially one teenage attendee with a long relaxer named Kari.
The conversation went something like this:
Kari: “I don’t want this anymore!” [pointing to her long ponytail]
Cassidy: “Soooooo….you want to transition?”
Kari: “No, I just want to cut it all off. And I want to know how”
Cassidy: “Um. Like you want just chop it????”
Cassidy: “Heck yes. Go to a barber and do it!”
I absolutely LOVED that this young girl had zero attachment to her long hair (which was about bra strap length) and was just ready to cut it short and go for the natural! If only I had been so courageous…
All in all, the St. Thomas and St. Croix I AM BEAUTIFUL events did a wonderful job of exposing Caribbean women (and their families!) to natural hair education and empowerment. A virtual round of applause for the organizer and the Miss Naturalista Team (y’all know who you are buuuuut: DENISE, EMMET, BEN, ZAHRA, KIM, and WAYNE to name a few) for making this all happen.
As always, I took lot’n'lots of pix so here’s some of my favorites from the St. Croix event!