She came to see us, and for once she was in front of the camera of Mai Hua : she has one or two words to say about her multiple identities and her hair!
Who are Laila?
I am a film maker doing shows for TVs and also movies. I am just back from Marrakech where I am also a teacher in the School of Cinema
How would you define yourself in terms of identity?
Well, it is complex. I have multiple identities : I am Berber, African, Arab... and I am French as well as I have been living in Paris for 20 years. My great grandmother was an African slave so I also feel I am deeply connected to Africa.
Do you have any special relationship with your ahir?
When I was a child, I had a big Afro hair that I couldn't control. And to be fully honest, I have never felt comfortable with it. I felt I need to straigthen it to be fully accepted and not to be spotted.
Here in France or everywhere?
Here in France as I feel I am always judged... Just like if I had straight hair I would be more 'civilized', more adapted to this society, which is ridiculous...
Your #hairtop ?
"While I have very frizzy hair, I love waves. If I could, I'd always get my hair in waves."
"When I haven't washed my hair in 3 days, my hair looks like a brush broom, well I tie it up!"
Do you have any tips ?
"It's very important to love your hair texture whether you keep it natural or not. It's a who you are, your identity! Take care of your hair and Love it!"
Shaeri ❤️ Laila