It Girl - March 2017 - Diana Chire

Chire wears Altuzarra jacket, shirt, pants, and belt; Lagos earrings.

Photograph by Alexandra Leese, Styled by Gianluca Longo; Hair by Kota Suizu at Caren; makeup by Gina Blondell for Chanel; manicure by Ami Streets for Chanel at lmc worldwide; Special thanks to the Society Club Soho

About a year ago, Diana Chire invited some friends to her London studio to watch her have her hair buzzed off. The experience proved eye-opening for the Egyptian-born Ethiopian-British artist. “You’re taught growing up as a black girl that having European hair is attractive and that your hair isn’t okay, so you get it straightened. I think that’s crap,” she says. “The moment I shaved off my hair, I let go of all the parts of me I had rejected in my natural state.” It also spawned a one-day performance that will be part of the forthcoming group exhibition “Touch Sensitive,” at London's Guest Projects from March 21 - 26. “I'm making a hair manifesto,” declares Chire, who will compose a message using the locks she sheds.

Chire, 30, first became interested in performance art as a student at Westminster University. She stumbled upon a book about '60s and '70s era female performance artists and it struck a chord.

“I became obsessed with using myself and my body as a medium,” she says.

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