A People Pick!
“One of the year’s must-reads.” –ELLE
“[A] provocative, heart-breaking, and frequently hilarious collection.” –GLAMOUR
“Essential, vital, and urgent.” –HARPER’S BAZAAR
In the vein of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist and Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, but wholly its own, a provocative, humorous, and, at times, heartbreaking collection of essays on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother, and a global citizen in today's ever-changing world.
Black women have never been more visible or more publicly celebrated than they are now. But for every new milestone, every magazine cover, every box office record smashed, every new face elected to public office, the reality of everyday life for black women remains a complex, conflicted, contradiction-laden experience.
An American journalist who has been living and working in London for a decade, Kenya Hunt has made a career of distilling moments, movements, and cultural moods into words. Her work takes the difficult and the indefinable and makes it accessible; it is razor sharp cultural observation threaded through evocative and relatable stories.
Girl Gurl Grrrl both illuminates our current cultural moment and transcends it. Hunt captures the zeitgeist while also creating a timeless celebration of womanhood, of blackness, and the possibilities they both contain. She blends the popular and the personal, the frivolous and the momentous in a collection that truly reflects what it is to be living and thriving as a black woman today.
Hunt, deputy editor of the fashion magazine Grazia UK, debuts with a rich collection of personal essays about her life and career. Reflecting on her experiences as an African American woman in the U.K., Hunt lets readers follow along as she attends the U.K. premiere of Black Panther, confronts the coded racism of Airbnb owners, and reports on the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, the U.K.'s worst residential fire since WWII. To trace the beginnings of her fascination with fashion, Hunt recalls hearing her aunt describe attending the Ebony Fashion Fair, a "traveling catwalk expo," in Virginia, and the encouragement Hunt received early on in her career from Bethann Hardison, one of the first high-profile Black models and an early activist for industry diversity. Celebrating girl as "the root word in the unique love language between Black woman," Hunt invites some of the friends she's made in the U.K. to contribute guest essays, including fashion blogger Freddie Harrel, who riffs on braiding as a female bonding ritual, and Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams, who describes becoming the first Black woman to win a British Book Award. Hunt's work will broaden perspectives and inspire readers.