Over 40 women at the Africa Centre waited to be told if they would be selected or not. Their ages ranged from 18 years to 50+. All were from different walks of life - many were professionals, entrepreneurs, some students and undergraduates. They waited in a room above the 'judging room'. The ladies waited patiently as they were called one by one to have their portrait taken and speak to the judges. They all had very interesting and compelling stories. One lady shed a tear and even had some of the judges in tears too as she told about her lack of self-esteem due to abuse and how embracing her natural hair has helped her along her journey of self-acceptance. Another young lady told of how she was asked to sit at the back of the class because her hair was too distracting. Another said she is doing it for her niece. All of the mothers present said they were doing it for their children. They all felt passionate about afro hair representation which was evident in the fact that they came from all over London, including Manchester and Birmingham.