Welcome to ” My Story So Far”.
This is the beginning of an exclusive photographic insight into how i became who I am today, from not only being a lover of fashion, but a lover of hair and all things clothes wise, plus how I learnt to tame, preen, and enhance my naturally curly locks (my hair skills back then were no thanks to my mother, who use to comb it as straight as possible into a side parting until it dried straight and I was convinced I had straight hair until one day I said I wanted hair like Doyle in the Professionals played by British actor Martin Shaw and could I get my hair permed – I actually wanted to look like him generally – to which the reply came, “you’ve got naturally curly hair, you don’t need a perm”.
See Martin Shaw as Doyle from The Professionals, below
My mother has poker straight hair and for years i was stuck on the idea she was jealous of my curls hence the reason she would tame them away, it turns out she just didn’t know what the hell to do with them (bless her!!!)
So today I’m catapulting you straight back to 1979 when I was 12/13 years old. This is me in Guernsey on a camping trip with my local Youth Club. The reason I’m not going any further back in time is because on looking at older photos of myself I realised that my dress sense was decided more by my Mother than myself and it was around this age that I was developing my own style, so I consider it to be far more interesting. I may post a collection of pics of me from a very early age, should the demand arise….
Fashion Observations: Check out the burgundy tank-top! The top of my Afro comb poking out of my right back pocket! My haircut known as “The Birds-nest” ( I was nurturing it into “The Doyle”….)!! The beginnings of bum fluff on my top lip!! The boy next to me with his Ski jumper on- his particular one had reindeer on it!! The blond boy in the background with his red Adidas tracksuit!!
Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats the 70’s (well, almost the beginning of the 80’s too) !!