Laura Nsafou Is the French Author Teaching Black Girls to Love Their Natural Hair
Her children’s book, “Like A Million Black Butterflies,” addresses race and bullying—rare topics you don’t read often in French literature.
By: AUDE KONAN
Growing up, French blogger and writer Laura Nsafou was bullied for her appearance, specifically her hair and nose. One day after a girl put down her hair, she came home and asked her mom to undo her braids. Her mom said no and told her that she had to accept herself as she was.
When French publishing company Bilibok approached Nsafou years later after reading an article on her blog on representation and diversity in literature, they asked her to write a book based on a Toni Morrison quote from the book God Help the Child: “Her clothes were white, her hair like a million black butterflies asleep on her head.” Nsafou used her past experience to write a book called Like A Million Black Butterflies.
For her, the goal was to write a book about bullying and race that would bring a “more accurate representation of a black girl dealing with her hair and facing others.”
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