Rachel Jeantel has been given a makeover by the hands of Ebony magazine and theGrio.
Rachel came into our lives as the last person who spoke to Trayvon Martin before his untimely death at the hands of overzealous neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. I’m not going to lie, when I initially read the headline, I was bothered. Jeantel had a bittersweet catapult into fame and as a teenager, there’s so much more that she needs, rather than a makeover.
While Tom Joyner offered Rachel a college scholarship and counseling to deal with the loss of Trayvon, these two major publications thought a makeover was what Rachel needed. According to theGrio, “Rachel will need fabulous, sensible ensembles for the expanded possibilities ahead.” I can’t help but feel that this is just so shallow. “Rachel’s glam team gave her the works — new hair extensions, a manicure, and stellar make-up. The beauty artists worked diligently while keeping her underlying style her own.” But what happens when the extensions need to come out, the make-up washes off and the manicure gets chipped and Rachel can’t keep up with her new glamorous look? Or when she’s ridiculed in school by the resident “mean girls” in college? She’s going to need more than a temporary new look.
Rachel is brave and we’ve become endeared to the soft-spoken teen. And honestly, a makeover is nice, very nice, but was it needed? Rachel was very excited about her new look though. “I’m blessed. That’s the truth,” Rachel said of the makeover and her ongoing evolution. “Everybody wants to be in my shoes right now. But for me, I’m taking this opportunity, and I’m hitting it hard.” Rachel received all types of negative backlash after testifying in the George Zimmerman trial. She’s been criticized for her weight, her looks, her demeanor, her attitude and more.