Acrylic on canvas.


This is one of my most popular pieces called “Zulu Queen” the bantu knots hairstyle presented comes from the tribe in southern Africa called the Zulu people. The Zulu tribe is one of the largest ethic group and nation in south Africa with an estimate of 10-12 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Growing up I was always insecure about my hair because it was very thin, curly, and short. Due to those barriers mentioned before hairstyles were very limiting for me and often made me feel left out. As I got older, I started to embrace my hair and what I still could do, I became more in love with being different and unique.

Zulu Queen

Ashante Blackwood



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