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Posted on October 28, 2016

The Premier of “Loving” with lead hairstylist – Kenneth Walker

Beauty/ Hair

Interracial relationships are common in today’s world, however it wasn’t long ago when interracial dating was disliked and interracial marriage was unlawful in numerous states. It’s hard for me to truly get a handle on the thought of anyone not having the privilege to be hitched, but in the 1950’s there were less rights for some individuals, particularly minorities.

With a befitting last name, in the midst of adverse conditions, Richard and Mildred Loving impacted the world forever when their battle with the State of Virginia to perceive their interracial marriage made it to the Supreme Court in 1967. This wonderful story of genuine romance is told through the new movie “Loving” written and directed by Jeff Nichols. This must see film premieres in theaters on November 4. I urge all of you to go see it!

I recently had the privilege to sit down and chat with the film’s lead hairstylist, Kenneth Walker. Mr. Walker is one of the kindest people I have ever met, and my interview with him quickly turned into a traditional conversation; just like two old friends. After previewing the moving “Loving” at The London Hotel, in the same week I met Mr. Walker at The Four Seasons. As I waited in the press room with all the highly engaged public relations people, I knew I was doing something extremely important.

“Candice? Mr. Walker is ready for you now!” I quickly grabbed my pen and paper and my printed list of questions. Nerves rushed over me as I walked to the next room to meet Kenneth Walker. As I stepped in the room Mr. Walker greeted me with the most lovely smile and friendly hug. At this point my nerves were completely gone. We sat down, I turned on my recorder on my phone and began my interview.

With impeccable style and class, it was evident Mr. Walker grew up surrounded by family that took pride in the way they presented themselves. He spoke of how he grew up around women with what you call “good hair” giving him the passion to go into the hair industry and soon start his own business. He worked extremely hard and worked his way into the film industry. He advised me that his voyage wasn’t simple in no way shape or form, yet it was totally worth it despite all the trouble. “Everyone’s journey isn’t easy and it shouldn’t be”, he said. His big break was when Denzel Washington asked to work with him They developed a friendship and business relationship that allowed Mr. Walker to work with Denzel on several movies. Mr. Walker was the hair creator for one of my favorite shows, “House of Lies”.

When working on the film “Loving” I asked Mr. Walker how he was able to create so many memorable hair looks. He said it was easy to understand the time period by not only looking through pictures but remembering from his own experiences of living during that time period. Little things in the movie like when to cut a characters hair or when to doll character up are all taken into account in the movie. Replication was key throughout the entire film.Mr. Walker said while making the motion picture, it wasn’t about being perfect yet rather about being authentic.

Mr. Walker ended our conversation with some powerful words. He encourages everyone to not be jealous or insecure of other peoples success. He loves giving young people the opportunity to work with him, because he believes and understands that he can learn from anyone.  He says, “There is enough out there for everyone!” He also reminded me that no one can block me from your destiny, only I can do that, and when I wash my hair make sure to use lots of conditioner by Loreal. 😉

I had such a wonderful time with Kenneth Walker and I hope you all learned something from our conversation. Be sure to go support this film. Take your entire family and tons of friends to see the movie, be open to discussing the film and what it means to you, and make sure your recognize the amazing work of Mr. Walker.

Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful day/week!

xoxo,

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  • Reply Kim May 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Rest in peace Mr. Walker

  • Reply Hishaam Siddiqi November 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Wow, awesome interview! Let’s go see this movie lol

    • Reply Candice November 27, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      It’s so good! I would see it again with you for sure!

  • Reply adriana November 14, 2016 at 8:27 am

    That trailer was amazing! This must have been such a great experience!

  • Reply Mel November 11, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    What an amazing experience! He sounds like such a nice, gentle, wise man.

  • Reply nancy burger November 11, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Good for you, great experience!

  • Reply paula November 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Such a cool experience!! The trailer is very cool too, need to check it out 🙂

  • Reply Lydia Monson November 11, 2016 at 10:25 am

    This is such a cool opportunity! I loved reading it, so fun 🙂

    xoxo, Lydia | wheretheprettythingsare.net

  • Reply Nicole November 10, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Sounds like such a wonderful opportunity! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Rachel November 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    What an amazing opportunity, he sounds like a great guy and love the sound of the movie! co

  • Reply Lubka Henry November 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Oh what a sweet and lovely interview!
    I must see the movie, though I’m sure I will cry lots on it 🙂

  • Reply Caitlyn November 9, 2016 at 10:56 am

    That’s so amazing that you got to meet him! I feel like stylists like him are often over looked when it comes to the making of movies, so this was refreshing! I love historical fiction movies, so I may have to look more into this movie. Thank you for sharing!

    Caitlyn | http://www.collegewithcaitlyn.com

  • Reply Georgia Colloff November 9, 2016 at 6:17 am

    What an opportunity to meet such a man and what a poignant message that no one can block your destiny, only you can! Very inspiring.

    This film looks incredible and I actually saw the trailer for this a few months ago I think and instantly thought that’s what I want to watch. Even though this isn’t happening in our part of the world anymore we are still stricken with a lot prejudices within who we wish to be with. I’m English and my partner is Hungarian and we had a lot of grief about being together, some of my family not being accepting and people from the Hungarian community saying why didn’t he find a nice Hungarian girl to settle down with. But you can’t help who you love!

  • Reply Annie B November 9, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Woah what a trailer for starters! Gosh… kind of took my breathe away a little. What an amazing experience for you.

  • Reply nicol November 9, 2016 at 3:02 am

    this is such a great opportunity! i saw the trailer to loving and i really want to watch it

  • Reply Stephen November 8, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Im not sure what is better, the film or the fact you got to talk to him! I still find it odd and am often dumbstruck why it is we are so unaccepting of interracial relationships!

  • Reply MELANIE EDJOURIAN November 8, 2016 at 1:53 am

    That sounds like an amazing experience, he must be an interesting guy. Hope you got some tips for us x

  • Reply Christine Dodd October 30, 2016 at 6:45 am

    What a lovely experience for you. The film sounds worth a watch.

  • Reply Rachel Ritlop October 30, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Such a cool experience! I had never heard of him or any of this so thanks!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Reply Hannah October 30, 2016 at 3:19 am

    I didn’t know about this so I will have to watch it soon x

  • Reply Rhian Westbury October 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    What a great experience it must have been to speak to him x

  • Reply WhatLauraLoves October 29, 2016 at 10:58 am

    What a fantastic experience to enjoy! Definitely one that I’m sure you’ll remember for years to come! xxx

  • Reply Kathryn October 28, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    What a fabulous experience for you! I shall look out for the film xx

  • Reply Lilinha October 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    What a fantastic experience to interview Mr Walker! The film sounds amazing! 🙂

  • Reply Mika October 28, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I didn’t know about this movie but would love to watch it. You’re very lucky to have been able to discuss with this man.
    I believe it’s great that the world is changing. I am French and my boyfriend is Irish, and my sister’s boyfriend is Moroccan. I’m all for multiculturalism however I’m not confident with the word race as I just think we’re just all Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

    Great post!

    Mika

  • Reply Jade Bremner October 28, 2016 at 11:47 am

    The film sounds great. It is crazy how it used to be but I’m glad that the world is becoming more accepting even if it is slowly x

  • Reply Melissa major October 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Sounds like an amazing experience, must of been of been great to speak to him

  • Reply KARA October 28, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Wow what an amazing opportunity I did enjoy reading – thanks K x

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