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Beauty Perceptions: Real Housewives Of Atlanta Star Kenya Moore - Are Her Eyes And Hair Real? 1,000s Ask Google
HAIR AND BEAUTY MATTERS: 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta' star Kenya Moore is the subject of thousands of Internet searches about her hair and eye color, from fans who want to know if they are real. Google search records over 100,000 queries per year.
*KENYA MOORE'S HAIR & BEAUTY ACCORDING TO GOOGLE SEARCH
The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase “Kenya Moore eyes” each month.
The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase “Kenya Moore hair” each month.
The number of people worldwide who Google the question, “Is Kenya Moore's hair real?” each month.
*All figures for “Kenya Moore's Hair & Beauty According to Google Search”, supplied by Google. Stats include global totals for laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices.
WHAT ARE THE AESTHETIC limits of black beauty? Can a black woman have long straight hair that isn't a weave, or eyes that are green or blue instead of brown? The answers may seem obvious, but these are just two of the questions that preoccupy fans of former beauty queen Kenya Moore, star of TV show Real Housewives Of Atlanta.
KENYA HAIR CRUSHES
In fact, many women of all ethnicities harbour Kenya Moore hair crushes. According to Google search, 8,000 Internet users per month type the phrase, “Kenya Moore hair” into their browers each month. The total number of search queries about the 42-year-old former former Miss USA's hair and beauty values amounts to over 100,000 per year. She ranks at number four in the list of the top 10 most Googled black celebrity hairstyles, just behind Nicki Minaj, and ahead of Michelle Obama.
Although Moore admits that in the past she has worn weaves and wigs for film roles and photo shoots, her long straight hair is all her own. “I wash it, let it air dry and flat iron it in small sections and use roller sets,” said Moore matter-of-factly. She answered her fans questions about her hair once and for all on a recent appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, inviting the host to “root her” — placing her fingers into Moore's scalp to check that it was all natural, and not a weave. “It's all hers!” Williams proclaimed to the studio audience.
REAL EYES IN COLOR
Moore's naturally hazel eyes are also the subject of the online speculation of fans and haters. Many assume they are really brown, and that she is wearing colored contact lenses to turn them green. Google records 150 searches a month for the term, “Kenya Moore contact lenses”. She shares her eye color with other high profile black celebrities such as Rihanna, Tyra Banks and Leona Lewis.
A TRANSRACIAL PICTURE
All the online queries about Kenya Moore's hair and beauty illustrate both how narrow traditional definitions of black beauty can be in the eyes of many onlookers, and also how transracial modern beauty has become. While many black women like Kenya Moore aspire to having long straight hair, white women aspire to tanned skin and full lips. Beauty values have become an interchangeable kit of parts, available to almost everyone, regardless of ethnicity.
OVER 100,000 FANS Google questions about Real Housewives Of Atlanta actress Kenya Moore's hair, beauty and eye color. What do these queries say about prevailing perceptions of black beauty? By Ben Arogundade.
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REAL KENYA: Above middle: 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta' star Kenya Moore poses for a Krave magazine photo shoot. Above: Moore is crowned Miss USA 1993. Many online fans and haters assume her hair is fake, that her eye color is not naturally green, and that she wears colored contacts.