The Curious Case of Blue Ivy
People are fascinated by celebrity babies. From the moment a famous mom announces she is pregnant, all eyes are glued to her growing “baby bump” (I hate that term) for several months until she gives birth. Once the child arrives, paparazzi and fan obsession with rich offspring kicks into high gear!
And, the bigger the star, the more fascinated we are by the baby. As we all know, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are both modern day legends in the making. They are two of the most famous yet strangely reclusive people in the universe! So, when Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Music Awards, the BeyHive (aka Beyoncé fans) and the entire world went insane. Somehow, Beyoncé managed to stay out of the incessant limelight and gave birth to Blue Ivy Carter on January 7th, 2012.
Now, let’s fast forward to 2013. Since Blue Ivy’s birth, we had only seen a handful of grainy images and the back of her curly head until Beyoncé revealed her cute face in her documentary in February. Everyone had an opinion, ranging from whether she looked like Bey or Jay to her being an “Illuminati princess”.
In April, Beyoncé and Jay-Z went out to lunch in Paris with their daughter. After not seeing Blue Ivy since the dated documentary footage, photographers jumped on the chance to take some candid shots of the famous family. Although I do like Beyoncé, she is not my favorite artist, so I did not know these pictures existed until I saw “Blue Ivy” trending on Twitter.
As I took a stroll down the page, I noticed some of the most venomous and horrible comments I have ever seen about a baby, particularly about her hair. In the few pictures we have seen of Blue Ivy, her hair is in a little curly bush. Of course, most of the comments were made by Black people who felt like Beyoncé needed to “fix that nappy head”.
I have one word for this: REALLY?!?! Even if you hate Beyoncé and Jay-Z with a passion, why would you talk about their child? Blue Ivy is still a baby who has no idea that her parents are crazy famous, that she is a candidate for a lifetime of judgment/ridicule, and is also probably not here for having her hair yanked into little tight braids or ponytails.
As a mother of a daughter, this train of thought is the reason why little Black girls develop a negative self-image and grow up to be grown women with even lower self-esteem. And, with a child that age, trying to constantly keep their hair “fixed” is a sure fire way for them to have bald edges by age 5. My daughter is 3 and even when I put loose ponytails and barrettes in her hair, she comes home with it all over the place anyway.
Here’s Blue Ivy’s famous message to everyone, written by her daddy: “Can I Live?”