O The Oprah Magazine is known for having pages and pages of ads–always has. It’s no wonder, because Oprah’s readership demographic is a coveted market, I’m sure. (As an admitted magazine hoarder, I myself only get it because I came across a $1-an-issue offer.) Anyway, the other night while flipping through the October 2010 issue of O magazine, I saw this ad for American Living and it stopped me dead in my tracks.
My first impression of this picture is that the little girl with kinky hair is enamoured with the woman’s slick-straight hair. It’s a contrast that touches on something I discussed when I did the big chop in June. My daughter too, was in love with my hair, especially when I came from a Dominican salon.
The girl is not trying to hug the woman or wrap her arms around her, or put her hands over her eyes (which sometimes kids do playfully from behind). I just know that I keep trying to stare into the girl’s eyes to read them, and see how her expression doesn’t match the woman’s facial expression, which seems to say, ‘I’m trying to be polite, but could you get off of me?,’ or, ‘Can someone come and get this kid, please?’
Of course, I could be reading too much into this. Never mind that O magazine seems to largely cater to a White female audience, but perhaps I should just be happy that two brown-skinned females are the sole object of this ad for an exclusive JC Penney clothing brand.
But I’m not.