You should very proud of yourself for staying true to who you are. Fitting with the "in" bunch may sound good in the short term but trust me, being yourself will win you much more respect in the long run. You may not see it now but it will happen.
Look at the bright side, by going natural and letting your curls do their thing, you have hair others would pay money to get with perms.
Keep rockin' those gorgeous curls.