For Houston beauty influencer with alopecia, Will Smith’s Oscar slap was a missed opportunity

Jada Pinkett Smith and Kim Roxie both rolled their eyes after hearing Chris Rock’s now infamous line at the 2022 Oscars.

When Will Smith delivered his “world-wide smack” Sunday night, Roxie wasn’t even looking. The Houston-native and nationally acclaimed makeup artist uncovered the incident later after watching clips online.

“I didn’t think it was funny,” Roxie said, referring to Rock teasing Pinkett Smith’s shaved head with a dig of “GI Jane 2”. “Jada didn’t shave her head to be in a movie. She doesn’t play a role. This is her life of hers.”

Like Pinkett Smith and nearly 7 million other Americans, Roxie suffers from alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. The disease can affect any age, gender, or race, but is more common among African Americans, according to a study by the American Academy of Dermatology.

Roxie, who is black, called Rock’s comments “tasteless” and compared them to making fun of someone who is disabled or ill.

“Men don’t go through this because they always shave their heads, they always have hair loss, but it’s considered sexy,” Roxie said. “When it comes to women, this is the main thing a lot of women are insecure about: Will I be attractive?”

Roxie, 39, has been suffering from baldness and hair loss for years from her 20s, but didn’t realize it was due to alopecia until 2020.

It initially marked her hair loss until years where she damaged her hair with a perm and the constant combing and straightening of her naturally curly tresses. After repeated attempts to regrow her hair, she consulted a black dermatologist who recognized the real problem, which prompted Roxie to shave her head.

Although he initially suffered from his hair loss, he is now comfortable discussing his story publicly. This is partly due to her support group Hair Dreams of Christal Inc., a local nonprofit that helps those struggling with hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, lupus and other diseases.

Now, she’s even used her story to grow her business, Lamik Beauty, a vegan makeup line she founded at just 21 and offering products made with natural and organic ingredients for multicultural women. Roxie has created a duo brow kit that comes with a powder and concealer and is specifically designed for clients like her who suffer from alopecia or hair loss.

Her artistry has received national accolades, making up on television shows and famous faces such as Letoya Luckett, Yolanda Adams and Mary Mary. But given the recent controversy, she says she’s been getting even more calls lately.

That said, he would have preferred Smith to defend his wife in a different way.

“I don’t think he should have hit him,” he said.

Will Smith announced Friday night that he did he resigned from the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences in the fallout of the scandal.

The news came just days after Smith asked Rock a public apology in an Instagram post.

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Roxie believes that a different approach would not only help shed light on the disease, but it would also turn a negative into a positive.

“I can understand the pain, but if Will grabbed the microphone and told people what alopecia is and made a public announcement, (that) would have been the best punchline,” Roxie said.

“If he could have taken the opportunity to raise awareness and then be like ‘my wife is sexy as hell’, then it would have been as if Will Smith had told the world that a bald head is beautiful. this is what we need. “

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