On Kanazawa, Black Women & Being “Fine” & “Well-Made” by Nuñez Daughter

In 1779, on the island Haiti when it was still Saint-Domingue, the Attorney General of Cap Français (Le Cap) passed a statute prohibiting certain modes of dress well known among the free women of color on the island. The statute was part of a series of laws appearing through out the 1760s and into the 1780s, all meant to legislate the dress, behavior, sexual appeal, and general attractiveness of women of African descent.

This turned out to be an uphill battle. For example, when the Superior Council of Le Cap passed a law forbidding women of color from wearing shoes, “they then appeared in sandals, with diamonds on the toes of their feet.” 

(Source: nunezdaughter.wordpress.com)