Lil Mama has addressed the harsh criticism she received for tweeting a photo of her natural hair.

The Brooklyn rapper proudly posted a photo of her full, round and enviable afro on Twitter to show her fans that she doesn’t feel the need to perm her hair to conform to the look of the majority of black women.

However, Mama received a lot of criticism from women who made negative comments about her rocking an afro. The rapper has addressed the backlash she received but explains that she isn’t willing to change her hair to please other people.

“I posted the picture of my hair and they were like, ‘Oh my God, you look like a shot slave.’ I didn’t get one comment from a white person that was negative about my hair,” Mama told

“All of them came from the sisters that had these bulls–t helmet weaves, looking like a fake azz Nicki Minaj or whoever else they think they is. They don’t know who they are and the people that they are looking to for guidance don’t know who they are. So, it sucks.”

When asked if she thinks the perception of natural hair will change, Mama replied: “I think you can change it — Michael Jackson said it best: Start with the man in the mirror.”

“And being natural all your life and never converting to get a perm because you feel pressured shows your strength, not only as a woman but as an individual because that made you who you are.”

“I feel like just going natural, I feel good about it, and I’m just trying to find different ways that I feel pretty, not the typical version of pretty.”

(via alostbird)