Ivorian artist Laetitia Kai creates incredible compositions from her hair, wire, wax and artificial strands. Kai learned to braid her hair at the age of five – she practiced on her mother and sister .
But the girl fell in love with her natural hair not so long ago.
“Eight years ago I went back to my natural hair and then fell in love with braiding again. At first it was just entertainment, but over time everything changed.
I’ve seen the impact my creativity can have on people, so now I’m getting more serious.
In my works, I spread the ideas of self-love, tolerance, equality and respect.I do this to improve the world I live in,” says Letizia.
When the girl became interested in feminism, her creativity reached a new level. So, in 2017, Kai joined the #MeToo movement, creating a sculpture of a man looking up the skirt of a hairless woman.
“#MeToo is important to me as a woman, as an African, as someone who has been harassed on a daily basis,” admits Letizia.
The artist asked followers to contact her if they needed to talk to someone. Soon the girl began to receive many messages:
“Some of the stories were incredibly sad, but I’m glad that at least a few people were able to express themselves and open up through my creativity.
These messages give me strength. » In addition to Instagram, Letizia is now actively developing TikTok.
For example, one of the artist’s videos, in which she asked friends to come up with hairstyle ideas and then bring them to life, has been viewed more than 30 million times.