Hope you all are doing lovely and feeling great. Happy Monday! Today for the Dark-skinned Girls Rock! series we are featuring the lovely Oluwaseun of My Styled Expressions. Find out more about the lovely Oluwaseun below!
Oluwaseun (Seun) S.
Everybody meet Oluwaseun! She's a 21 year old student born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria but she currently resides in Minnesota.
Describe yourself in 3 words. The 3 B’s: Bold, Beautiful, Brilliant!
Tell about your personal style. Simple, fun and unpredictable.
I don’t have any style icons. Although I look at others for style/fashion inspiration, but I don’t have anyone that I solemnly admire.
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?
I haven’t necessarily ‘struggled’ with my complexion, but I had some doubts. My mom and older sister are lighter in complexion. I remember some years ago, I wished I was as light as my mom. I even told her how I felt and she reassured me that I was beautiful just the way I am. She made sure she didn’t condemn me, but rather plant words of encouragement in me. Also, in High-School, there were too many times when I was the only Black/African girl in the classroom. At times, I felt out-of-place, but once I began to make friends (with people that ‘looked’ like me), I became more relaxed and 'accepted'. High-School can be a tough and scary place if you have no one to relate with.
Do you have any advice for other dark-skinned women that are struggling with accepting themselves because of the color of their skin?
It does not matter your complexion, size, shape or height is, the world will tell you who you are until you tell the world! So, be happy and content with who you are. You have to live with yourself for the rest of your life, so why not love you now? Loving yourself isn’t easy, but with time and support, it’ll get easier.
What do you like most about being dark-skinned?
I love the fact that colors; especially bright ones look great against my skin tone. I’m not like anyone else; I am me. I don’t fit it, because I STAND out! :).
Thank you so much Oluwaseun for participating! I agree with you, High-school, or any other academic of professional institution can be tough if there is no one there to relate to, but you always gotta keep your head up and make the best of it. I love the advice you gave about how we should all be content and happy with each other especially since we have to live with ourselves for the rest of our lives! Lol I love it! Don't forget to check out Oluwaseun's blog, My Styled Expressions, and her tumblr page My Styled Expressions Tumblr. You can catch her tweeting @MyStylExpress.
My dark-skinned ladies, if you are interested in participating in the DGR! series shoot me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!