I love my curly hair now, although I wasn’t a fan of my locks growing up. My friends all had sleek straight hair and most of my family members have wavy hair. I felt awkward. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t get a brush through my tight curls, while all the other girls could comb their hair during recess. More often than not, I ended up pulling it into a ponytail. But eventually, I found solace in music, novellas and films—not from the lyrics or the plots, but from the confident curly-haired Latinas I saw in the spotlight. Here are some of the famous faces that made me realize that I wasn’t so different after all!
PAULINA RUBIO AND THALIA
Pop stars Paulina Rubio and Thalia rocked their curls with lots of hairspray during their time in the 1980s singing group Timbiriche. After I saw them together performing their hit song “Quinceañera,” I convinced my mom to buy me my very first styling product.
I don’t think my parents were too fond of rock singer Gloria Trevi and her crazy antics, but her hit song “Pelo Suelto” motivated me to get rid of my scrunchies and let my locks loose!
I had never seen such beautiful curls as I did on Mariah Carey when she attended the 1991 Grammy Awards, when she won Best New Artist. I immediately became a fan – of her music, and her hair.
Singer Lucero’s long curly hair looked so cool in the 1993 novela Los Parientes Pobres. And she continues to inspire me years later as she embraces her naturally curly locks in almost every red carpet appearance.
Actress Salma Hayek played a pretty tough cookie in the 1995 movie Desperado, but I was too busy staring at her cascading curls to notice.