When it comes to iconic looks in black fashion and hair, films have served as inspiration since the very beginning. Hattie McDaniels gave us the slicked back bun while Dorothy Dandridge gave us the pin curl. As these esteemed actresses paved the way for simple elegance and glamour, young women all over the world took note as history was being made.
Because of the Cicely Tysons and Pam Griers, modern-day queens, like the stars of the movie Girls Trip, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall & Tiffany Haddish, can pay homage to black womanhood by embracing their culture and beauty.
The ladies certainly set it off for the summer! Girls Trip broke the R-rated comedy curse by pulling in ver 30 million in its opening weekend. Let’s take a closer look at how this killer cast slayed every texture and trend.
Starting with the legends, Jada Pinkett-Smith & Queen Latifah have blessed us with everything from the short pixie cut to a honey-toned fresh press.
Pinkett-Smith stars as Lisa “The Mom” in the box office breakout where she takes the weekend to forget about details and schedules and embraces “Homecoming Lisa” instead; the fun loving, free balling girl of her college days. With wispy bangs and long, dark, straight locks, Lisa transforms the practical do to the perfect face-framing look to catch the eye of a beautiful, young man about twenty years her junior.
The look has been a go-to for many of us through long semesters and/or late nights. It can be achieved with Mayvenn’s Peruvian Straight between 18 and 22” depending upon your height. Add this to our fierce fairy-sized auntie’s list of well-played roles that we'll never forget.
On the same unforgettable note, the Queen gave us up-do slayage with her pompadours and sassy ponytails. Sasha, “The Gossip”, takes her journalism dreams into her own hands and becomes the columnist who is only a scandal away from the big break that’ll pay her past-due bills.
Known for her honey-toned hair, Queen Latifah gives us classic jazz realness donning a regal pompadour that she exchanges for curly tresses throughout the film. Mayvenn's custom colored Malaysian body wave extensions would mirror this look perfectly.
Speaking of perfection, Regina Hall takes on the role of Ryan, “The Boss”, a successful author and soon-to-be talk show host. She works hard and plays hard in a blunt cut, medium length bob that says I'm relatable, but I handle business. A middle part along with a few faint streaks goes on to compliment her electric smile. Even the juiciest drama couldn't distract Ryan from creating a weekend for her girls that'll be one for the books.
She surpasses all limitations with a look that can be replicated with Mayvenn's Indian straight extensions. With a close knit group of sister-friends, a faithful agent and charm to match her smarts, Ryan champions every battle while looking like a million bucks.
Last but not least, Tiffany Haddish seals the deal as Dina, “The Wild One”. Dina was certainly The Wild Card that handled loose ends and got the party started. She’s the friend that’ll pray with you on the way to the barhop.
Haddish rocked versatile curls that she paired with several styles starting with a a crown braid and ending with a pompadour similar to that of the Queen. She gave us rambunctious, flirty fun with a style that fits the party scene while also basking in the big, beautiful boldness that is black hair.
Together, the dynamic quartet cast an absinthe-infused spell with their #blackgirlmagic. And at the end of the night, they even made sure to put on their bonnets and wraps! We are eternally grateful for the laughs, inspo and representation.
Why Women Loved This Film
The hairstyles in this movie were nothing short of flawless, but what was the real reason why women loved this movie so much? I think there are three main points to why Girls Trip won over our hearts. One reason was that every woman has at least one Sasha, Lisa, Ryan, or Dina in their friend group. Female viewers were able to pick a character that they relate so much to and truly become inspired.
Whether you are the crazy wild friend who always gets into trouble or, the bossy, businesswoman who thinks she has it all figured out; we opened ourselves up to receive the message that every actress had to offer in this film.
Real Life Drama
Another reason for the love of the movie was the real-life drama, and laugh out loud hilarious moments it brought to viewers. At some point, a few of us women have gone through either, infidelity or having our jobs on the line.
Many of us have gone through a rough divorce/breakup. This movie was able to relate to a lot of its audience, and at the same time make us laugh with tears of joys. Lastly, we fell in love with this movie because it was the ultimate portrayal of black girl magic!
Not only were the starring ladies all black, but they’re all successful. These women are doing their own thing on and off the movie set. This film proved that powerful and wonderful things could happen when we accept who we are and join forces together.Life is becoming just a little too much, there is always enough time to plan a small Girls Trip!