nail art history

Erasure of Urban Nail Art

I was watching Poetic Justice and I was seeing all kinds of beautiful nail art and it made me think about how WoC, especially black and latina WoC/femme individuals in America, have been wearing and innovating intricate and unbelievable nail art for decades, long before the recent mainstream/high fashion popularity surge of nail designing. So, I went to the wikipedia page for “nail art” just to see what it said about WoC and nail art in particular, and *wow surprise* the entire narrative is skipped. The page went straight from ancient nail art, to the addition of the french manicure on the 70s runway, to the recent spike in popularity in the last few years. I was honestly amazed that there was no mention of nail art history in Black/Latin@ urban communities. Makes me want to do extensive research myself. I don’t understand how that history could have been ignored without obliviousness or purposeful erasure.