Instagram Artist Laeticia KY Sends Powerful Messages With Hair Sculptures

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Instagram Artist Laeticia KY Sends Powerful Messages With Hair Sculptures
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Anyone with an Instagram account and idle time has fallen victim to mindless scrolling. You what we’re talking about; you bypass so many selfies, sponsored posts and celebrity candids that after awhile, your thumb seems to take on a mind of its own as images turn into one big blur. So much so, that you miss out on things that are actually worth your attention.

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If you’re overdue for some double-tap worthy inspiration, we highly recommend following Laeticia KY. The 21-year-old, who resides in Africa’s Ivory Coast, has amassed over 54,000 followers, thanks to her unique brand of hair artistry. Armed with extensions, fabric, needle, thread and sometimes wool, the burgeoning black artist molds her hair into towering sculptures that resemble everything from bicycles to hands and exotic animals.

In an interview with Allure, Laeticia said that her pieces take anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours, with ideas coming spontaneously.”I’m naturally gifted with hair, but I’ve never studied it,” she said. “I want to encourage people to express themselves, to explore their creativity, to not be afraid to be who they are.”

Beyond that, it appears she’s now using her talent to shed light on the many issues plaguing women during Trump era (and long before that, to be honest). Two of her newest creations are dedicated to spreading awareness about gun violence and the ever-growing #MeToo movement, ignited by victims of sexual harassment.

#metoo Thousands of women are raped every day in the world, but very few are able to talk about it, to complain or fight. Why? Because our "beautiful" society has the tendency to blame the victim almost every time. "" Oh but you should not have to gone out so late !!! "" "" "Ah, but you had a mini skirt" "," "why are you complaining if you agreed to have dinner with him?" "," "dont tell me that you were not trying to seduce him with all that makeup" "... Ladies ... NOTHING JUSTIFIES RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT OR HARASSMENT. Neither your clothing, your make-up, your relationship with the abuser (because even your husband doesnt have the right to force you to have sex if you dont want to, the concept of marital rape exists). There is no enabling circumstance for the abuser and you need to talk about it so that thing starts to change. Don't remain silent, dont let anyone tell you that you have some responsibility in this despicable act !!!! Speak out because you dont have to carry this burden alone, talk to help other women who are afraid, talk to start a revolution, talk to change things. You are not alone. Dont be discouraged even if your direct surrounding makes you feel guilty ... the weight can be difficult to sustain and the battle can be hard but it is worth it !!!!!! It's never too late to speak out. Even if the assault took place 20 years ago, a crime remains a crime so dare to speak out .... dont let anything pass... so those men learn to honor and respect women . Because yes, it is not for you to interfere with your liberty so that they are not tempted but for them to know how to control themself. I repeat it once more, dare to talk about it, dare to SNITCH ON YOUR PIGS... talk to the people around you so they can bring you all the support that the victims desperately need to start the process of healing... My DM is open to anyone who wants to talk. You are not alone.

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“Ladies … NOTHING JUSTIFIES RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT OR HARASSMENT. Neither your clothing, your make-up, your relationship with the abuser (because even your husband doesnt have the right to force you to have sex if you dont want to, the concept of marital rape exists),” said Laeticia under a sculpture of a male figure looking pulling up the skirt of a female one.

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“There is no enabling circumstance for the abuser and you need to talk about it so that thing starts to change. Don’t remain silent, dont let anyone tell you that you have some responsibility in this despicable act !!!! Speak out because you dont have to carry this burden alone, talk to help other women who are afraid, talk to start a revolution, talk to change things.”

According to Elle UK,  she also plans to expand her newfound success into a clothing line and other artistic forms. We can’t wait to see what she does next.

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