Former Miss Universe Amelia Vega Fires Back To 'Bad Hair' Shamer, Defends Daughter Alía

Amelia Vega
Miss Universe 2003, Amelia Vega, showed that she is ready to defend her children by the sword. Photo: Getty Images

Former Miss Universe Amelia Vega posted the cutest photo ever of her little baby girl, Alía Horford Vega, on Instagram. The photo, which currently has more than 51, 300 likes and generated thousands of comments, features the 9 month-old baby rocking a prewashed denim shirt with two high ponytails and the sweetest smile.

Vega's followers instantly reacted to the photo with comments like "she looks like a doll," "She is so gorgeous," "God bless her," and many others. Unfortunately not all the comments were positive, and at her young age, Alía was a target of people with a bad heart. Luckily, the youngest of the Horford family has a mother ready to defend her from every attack, even though these are nonsense and don't define her as a person.

The wife of NBA player Al Horford, who also has a 2-year-old baby boy named Ean Horford Vega, responded to Instagram user @normardguez01, after she made disparaging comments about the hair texture of the baby.

"Lady, you have no better things to do than to criticize a baby's hair over the Internet? No hair is BAD because I still don’t know any hair that killed anyone," Amelia wrote. "You don’t know me or my daughter to talk about something that you haven’t seen.”

Ironically, the Instagram user has written in her profile a biblical verse and describes herself as a blessed mother and grandmother. "I saw you read the Bible and have a psalm on your profile. I recommend you look for the verse 'from the abundance of his heart, his mouth speaks,'" added Vega to her comment referring to Matthew 12: 34- 37, that reads: 

"You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35  The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.  36  I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,  37  for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Latin Times contacted Amelia Vega via email and she made the following comments:

"It’s not only because she is my daughter, and obviously any bad comment in regards to a child is harmful for every mother, but what really shook me was conveyed in my response.

Where are we as a society when we are criticizing babies online? We need to find proactive things to do with our lives: cheer, support each other and use social media in a positive and informative way. We need to spread love in all its different ways instead of spreading hate and bullying.

When we find ourselves being negative and critical online is when we need to take a step back and analyze what we are really doing with our lives. 

Social media is an amazing tool that can be very useful or hurtful. Let's think before we comment and understand we can impact lives in a positive or negative way with something as simple as writing a comment.

I rarely comment on any hateful message, but I didn’t want my young followers, who have any type of hair but straight, to think they are not beautiful. As simple as it sounds we don't see how far a message like this can impact a young life. 

In any way, I don’t want to show disrespect to the lady because I want to think she didn’t say it with the intention of hurting my daughter and I, but it shows how we sometimes don't stop and think before we comment on social media. 

Let's remember young kids are dealing with a whole new way of bullying these days, and it has even made kids take their own lives. 

This situation has made me realize even more about this matter and is a good wakeup call even for myself."

After the Dominican actress and singer published her comment, the Instagram user was immediately condemned by Vega's followers, who in turn recommended the 32-year-old beauty not to listen to that person. The comments were so many that the user had to change her handle to perhaps avoid being found.

According to Dove and the Love Your Hair campaign, 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way, and that for many, these pressures begin at an early age, believing that a positive role model can greatly impact a girl’s confidence. 

In many countries of the world, curly hair is also a sign of cultural, social and even ethnic identity, but in the Dominican Republic, hair texture changes from being smooth or curly to being categorized as "good hair" and "bad hair.”

The Dominican woman, who has a love and hate relationship with her hair, feels from her birth the pressure of a society that doesn’t accept that there are different textures of hair, and that certainly none of the textures define the person and much less decide how successful it will be in the future.

There are no studies that show that curly or kinky hair is a sign of failure, or define the education, social status or morals of a human being, in fact, the most powerful, successful and intelligent women in the world, such as Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, not only have curly hair, they certainly are not afraid to show it and stylize it as they please.

 

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.

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