Creative, passionate, and cultured.
Tell us about your personal style. Unique, ethnic, glam, and subtle, but everlasting in your mind.
Who are your style icons? Jessica White, Chanel Iman, and Tracee Ellis Ross.
I always knew that within my race there was a divide, a preference for lighter toned people. I would say that it bothered me that our history, of slavery, created this post traumatic stress and hate syndrome that can't seem to go away. The only problem I had growing up with my complexion, was my acne, which is still an issue. But honestly, I thank God that I come from the family I come from because I never thought of myself less than. What I do have a problem with is guys who say,"you are pretty for a dark skin girl," "she is beautiful for a darkie," or call me "dark and lovely." I am not a hair dye box and pump those breaks on the back-handed compliments-- dudes.
I think apart of loving the skin you're in is predicated on loving your entire identity and understanding your culture, history, and worth. The best advice I can give is to soul search and connect with the truth about being Black. Once you do that the color of your skin will just be an element that depicts your power, strength and ability to live against all odds and adversity.
What I like most about being dark skin is that I can wear some bright colors and it pops. Not to mention I don't burn or peel in the sun. LOL
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EMBRACE YOUR BEAUTY!