Chopping It Up
Avielle Amor on how she maintains her fly style in the Air Force
It’s the Fourth of July, and it’s fitting that we would feature our beauty ambassador and military member Avielle Amor. In a time when the military has become open to women taking roles and positions that were previously only for men, such as active combat, it’s more important than ever to focus on and share the stories of women who fiercely (and fabulously) serve our country.
How long have you been in the military?
I have been in for 5 years.
Which branch do you serve in, and what’s your position?
I am in the Air Force and I was an Aerospace & Operational Physiologist Tech, and I recently cross trained into Maintenance Management Analysis.
What inspired you to join the military?
I honestly joined for education benefits, and the chance to travel.
What has your experience been like thus far, especially as a woman of color?
The military has really helped me figure out what I want in life. When you are apart of the armed forces, your identity becomes what they mold during basic training, you lose your individuality. I noticed that early on, and instead of becoming disgruntled, I created my own space on the internet to express my individuality. Being a black natural woman was tricky to navigate when it came to my hair. It all depended on how well others were educated about natural hair.
I know the military has some strict rules when it comes to hair and beauty choices. How are you able to maintain your style while you’re on duty?
When I wore my tapered fro into work, I would have to make sure that it was not over 3 inches in bulk, so I would carry around a 6 inch ruler and a hair pick just in case a superior thought I was out of regulations (lol). I also missed out on a lot of hair trends like the faux locs and poetic justice braids because those were seen as fad-ish and out of regulations.
What advice would you give to someone who’s considering joining the armed forces?
Make sure it is something that you are willing to change for — especially if you want to make it a career. You can do other interesting things while serving, but your military career will effect it in some type of way.
Are you a Cut Life stunner who is or who was in the military? Share your experience below!