Icon: Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton has long been a style icon of ours and after stumbling across hers and Kay Montano's blog ThandieKay we became even more inspired!  These women are strong, independent and have a fine ability to know exactly what women need help and beauty advice on.

What made us respect Thandie thought was what she did when she decided to stop straightening her hair in a bid to discourage her children Ripley and Nico from feeling insecure about their natural curls. Thandie told longtime friend and make-up artist Kay Montano: 'I didn’t want my daughters to judge their beautiful curls.'

The British star, 42, said she stopped using chemical relaxers typically used by black women to straighten their locks after seeing comic Chris Rock's documentary film Good Hair. The movie enlightened her to the fact that the products contain enough of the corrosive substance Lye - more commonly known as caustic soda - to dissolve a Coke can. She added: 'The stigma with some black women seems to be that "nappy hair" (natural afro hair) is almost as bad as loo roll trailing from your shoe.

Thandie Newton's Ted Talk

Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her "otherness" — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. A warm, wise talk, fresh from stage at TEDGlobal 2011.