Hope you all are doing lovely and feeling great. Hope you all had a wonderful Mothers Day as well. It's Monday so I'm back with another Dark-skinned Girls Rock! feature. Today we're featuring the super gorgeous Alissa of Stylish Curves. I've been a reader of Alissa's blog ever since I started blogging last June. I admire her confidence and she has great style. I had the pleasure of meeting Alissa at the Ther.ad Iphone App Launch Event. Its always nice to meet the people behind the blogs you read.
Everyone meet Alissa. She's a 30 year old Freelance Writer from Brooklyn, NY baby lol!
Describe yourself in 3 words. Crazy, sexy, cool.
Tell us about your personal style. I would describe my personal style as classic and sophisticated with a modern edge. Basically, I love classic styles and silhouettes but I like to make them my own by incorporating trendy pieces to keep my look youthful.
Who are you style icons? Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, and Pam Grier.
Have you ever struggled with self-identity issues because of your complexion? If so what are some things you did to accept yourself for who you are and love yourself? Of course! I remember when I was 13 and I went to the beauty store and found that they had lightening cream. I bought it and when I came home, my mom slapped it out of my hand and said this is not going to make you lighter. You're beautiful the way you are. From that day on I accepted my complexion.
Do you have any advice for other dark-skinned women that are struggling with accepting themselves because of the color of their skin? I say you have to start with staring yourself down in the mirror and say out loud that you're beautiful and your complexion is gorgeous. I also suggest making collages of dark skinned women that you think are beautiful. It could be celebrities, friends, or family members. Look at it on the days you're not feeling great about yourself and that collage will help you to see that your complexion is wonderful. As dark skinned women we cannot get caught up in society's standard of beauty. I know all we see are light skinned or white women in the media but we must support those dark skinned women who are standing out and making waves. Whatever movie Viola Davis is in, I go see it to support, the same for Gabriel Union. I also think it's important to maintain a healthy dark skinned complexion, wear bright bold colors to show the world how beautiful your dark skin is.
What do you like most about being dark-skinned? I love how bright colors look radiant against my dark skinned complexion. Most of all I love showing other women how to be proud of their complexion by spreading words and photos of positivity about the dark skinned woman. I even have a Tumblr Miss Chocolate Supreme that showcases the beauty of dark skinned women.
Thank you so much Alissa for participating and sharing your story with us. I love how your mom made you realize that you did not need to lighten your skin in order to be beautiful. I also love the idea of making a collage of beautiful dark-skinned women to help aid in the self-acceptance process. You can catch Alissa tweeting @stylishcurves. And dont forget to check out her blog, Stylish Curves and her tumblr Miss Chocolate Supreme!
My dark-skinned ladies, if you are interested in participating in the DGR! series shoot me an email, email@example.com. I need you lovely ladies to submit interviews to keep this series going. So don't be shy! You DO NOT have to be a blogger, fashionista, vlogger, etc. This series is open to all! To find out more about the series, click here!
EMBRACE YOUR BEAUTY!