A new standard of beauty | Amber Starks | TEDxPortland
July 16, 2015
“Black Women are no longer asking for permission to love themselves.” Amber fought the law and Amber won – changing public policy and perception through progressive beauty standards in our society to be more inclusive. Amber Starks is the owner of Conscious Coils Salon in Portland. In 2013, the Oregon Legislature passed the “Natural Hair Act,” which Amber initiated and helped revise in an effort to make it easier for natural hair stylists to get licensed to care for African and African-American hair. She advocates for the creation of spaces where people from all backgrounds can come together to celebrate, share, and be informed about inclusion in our society. She believes this is crucial to understanding standards of beauty.