Laetitia KY, an aspiring fashion designer from the Ivory Coast, sculpts her long hair into gaspingly fab looks, as disparate as dancers and plants and human hands holding a book.
Via Oddity Central:
KY says that she has always been fascinated by hairdressing, but got the idea for creative hair art a year ago, while admiring the intricate hairstyles of women from various African tribes. She found them amazing and they inspired her to use her own hair as a means of artistic expression. The results are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
The 21-year old claims that it takes her just a few minutes to sculpt her hair into most shapes, but the hands, which have gotten the most attention online, took her half a day to create and position for different poses.
While KY’s art is definitely playful in nature, but she told Aplus that it also carries a serious and important message. She says that African women’s hair has long been considered as “not pretty enough”, and through her art she wants to change that perception.
“And with the return of natural hair to the Black community, hairstyles [have] become a beauty asset, a way of self-affirmation and [a] claim of its beauty. To use [these] hairstyles as means of expression is, therefore, [powerful] because it speaks to all its Black women who have had, for a long time, made believe that their hair was not dope enough,” the artist wrote in an email.
Check out some of her looks above and below. (All images via Laetitia’s Instagram)