Did You See Lizzo’s Iconic Butterfly Afro?

Her music video with Cardi B is definitely Lizzo’s big beauty moment. With the skinny golden brows, angular eye makeup, and mindblowing nail art, she definitely rocks the Rumors video. However, did you know that even before she released that clip she had her majestic moment in the first week of August? She just shared her look from the special event on her Instagram – and fans are going crazy.

What Was so Special About the Look?

Lizzo took to Instagram to share a very cute GIf of herself – and everything about it is drool-worthy. In the gif, she first looks off the camera and then faces the camera to give a heartfelt laugh. While her glowing skin can arouse envy in any person – what catches the attention is her mindblowing Afro. The look is a sweet reminder of the 70s Afros – however, Lizzos afro was shorter in length. But the volume and softness of the hair made up the look iconic. She donned four real-looking butterfly clips – which made up a tiara-like crown. It was clearly one of the most iconic natural hair looks spotted by her. She had worn that look for Dove’s “My Hair, My Crown” event.

Lizzo Wasn’t Always Comfortable With Her Natural Hair

Growing up Lizzo always believed that certain hair textures are beautiful than others – and was always insecure about her natural hair. She shared how she felt the need to hide that part of herself. It took her a long time to accept her natural hair, but now she feels beautiful and flaunts it proudly. In her interview with Allure she confessed how she used to lock her hair away – but recently found the confidence to flaunt it. She said “You can’t thrive when you’re locked up like that. So now I’ll be like, let me take this style out and let me take this wig off and let her breathe. Let her expand.” She also added that while she will always have fun experimenting with different styles of hair – she no longer feels the need to hide her natural texture.

What History’s Bathing Rituals Reveal About Power, Purity & Status

Ancient Roman baths in Bath, England

Although bathing has become a habitual daily activity, that wasn’t always the case. In fact, people have historically placed a number of deeper meanings to it.

A Place for Philosophical Discussions

In Ancient Greece, the act of bathing was attributed to a time for cleansing after sport and engaging in philosophical discussions. Some bathhouses at the time were even equipped with libraries. Taking a bath was a shared experience, which seems strange to our modern understanding.

The Middle Ages Substituted Bathing With Perfume

Just centuries after Ancient Greeks established bathing as a group activity, Europeans in the Middle Ages gave it up altogether. They saw steam showers and washing as a way to spread disease, and so a revolution was “born.” They substituted baths with perfumes and cleansing ointments carefully stored in bottles and containers. The affluence of these was linked to better health. In other words, the stronger the perfume smell of a person, the healthier they were.

Bathing in the Middle Ages, maids offering perfumes and cleansing ointments to a woman A Place of Purity & Gender Roles

The connection between religious purity and good hygiene is ancient, and bathhouses of different cultures serve to prove that. A 425 BC pottery work from Ancient Greece signals that women had to bathe before marriage in order to purify their bodies and prepare for the new life ahead. The act of bathing was also linked to ensuring brides’ future fertility.

In terms of gender roles, different cultures had different understandings. For example, architectural remains from Ancient Egypt show that men and women have probably bathed together, while Ancient Romans and Greeks had separate bathhouses for each gender. Art pieces from the latter cultures reveal that women’s bathing routines were more private, while men used that time to socialize aside from washing.

The Black Death that surged across Europe in the 14th century brought the end of bathing for several centuries. Looking at our washing habits today, it’s easy to see how the simple act of taking a bath is greatly influenced by the events of the time.