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The Glorious Exuberance of Sha’Carri Richardson’s Hair

The Glorious Exuberance of Sha’Carri Richardson’s Hair

Her many hairstyles are a source of distinction—and a challenge to the criticism other Black women have faced. Mike Stobe / Getty September 23, 2023, 7:30 AM ET Right before Sha’Carri Richardson smoked the field in the 100-meter final at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, in July, the 23-year-old star sprinter sent a thrilling message to every Black woman who’s ever been shamed for her hairstyle and never felt fully free to be herself. Richardson pulled off her signature bright-orange wig and threw it to the side, exposing the braids underneath. She then won the U.S. title by posting the fastest time by an American woman since 2011. After the race, Richardson boasted to reporters, “I’m not back. I’m better.” Richardson told no lies. The larger point was that, whether she’s wearing her hair unadorned or in any of a number of exuberant colors, it’s a source of distinction and even power—and a challenge to the criticism that other Black women have faced. Richardson has shown fans many different looks …