R&B singer Brandy rose to prominence in the 90s and has managed to still remain relevant in the years that followed. Most recently, the singer has resurfaced in the headlines, mainly fueled by the release of her 7th studio album, B7, on July 31. However, it seems as though that’s not the only thing that has the tongues wagging of the press and the people.
Brandy was undeniably a force to be reckoned with in the 90s, has been in the upper echelon of sensational artists of that time, while only being a teenager. After already being introduced to the world in ABC’s sitcom Thea (where she portrays the daughter of the comedian in the show), In 1994, the world was introduced to Brandy, the artist, with the lead single off of her self-titled debut album, I Wanna Be Down.
The release of the album was eventually certified 4x platinum by the RIAA, and its infectious singles opened many other doors for the singer. This included starring in the popular show, Moesha, as the titular character, being nominated for and winning various awards, including the AMA’s, and the Grammy Awards, where she was nominated for Best New Artist that year.
During the starlet’s tenure in the 90s, one thing that would be synonymous to Brandy was her signature micro braids. Many women, from young teens to adults, would wear this very same look that Brandy helped to popularize. There weren’t many instances where you would see Brandy and not see the illustrious extensions flowing from her hair, which helped her to become a style icon early on in her career.
However, back in early 2019, rumors began to surface that these micro-braids Brandy rocked was indeed a wig. An Instagram user posted a video on her page to prove her case that the experience that many black women went through to achieve this look was not shared with the singer due to hers being a lace front wig. This caused a bit of an uproar on social media (fake-outrage i’m sure) directed towards the singer.
The rumors caused Brandy’s stylist in 1997, Deedra Cole, to speak up in her defense and happily debunk the rumors. Speaking to BET exclusively, she claims, “The young lady that created that video is absolutely wrong and misinformed. Unica Scott, who was Brandy’s head stylist, called me in as a second stylist to assist her in servicing Brandy because of the length of time it took to complete her hair.” She went on to speak on how she felt offended by the video initially, as the credit shouldn’t be given to lace front wig manufacturers.
Now in 2020, with the release of her first studio album since 2012’s Two Eleven, Brandy claims to be in a freer and happier place. However, the rumors of the braided wigs, still seem to resurface as she has recently had to re-address them in an interview to promote B7.
Dish Nation’s host asked the singer, “Did you get your hair freshly braided for every episode, or was it like a wig? Brandy responded, “No and you know what, let me let people know… I have worn wigs in my life before. Ain’t nothing wrong with a wig. But back then when I was doing Moesha, I saw a picture where somebody thought that my braids were wigs… ‘NO’ they were not wigs. I got my hair braided, not every show, but I got my hair braided as much as I possibly could to keep them fresh.”
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Brandy confirms that her ‘Moesha’ braids were NOT wigs pic.twitter.com/ZAzjTAPoON— BRANDY LEGION | #B7 (@BrandyLegion) August 1, 2020