In the black community there are so many taboos. From our hair texture, size, education to skin color. Among Black women, issues of not being beautiful are pervasive and damaging and there is a great divide between light-skinned women and dark-skinned women. With all of the preconceived notions of beauty and the divisiveness among black people, one has to wonder…
What makes a black woman beautiful? Are fair-skinned women like Beyonce and Rihanna prettier than Alek Wek or Shingai Shoniwa,? Is being “exotic” with a big butt better than just being a “regular” black girl? Why do we continue to put qualifications on black beauty?
Growing up as a black girl these are the questions I asked myself, the notions that were put into my head at an early age. And while I am not classified as “dark-skinned”, the idea that if I were lighter or more exotic I would be better accepted is a message that I have to continuously safeguard my mind from. It’s a message that is constantly directed at me from all angles of the media. Even in fashion blogging, the image of a thin, light-skinned, indie Lisa Bonet-esque “Black girl” is perpetuated as the ideal.
Unfortunately, not all young girls are able to keep these notions from poisoning their self-esteem and tainting their pool of self-acceptance. Rocquelle from Consider Me Lovely wrote an amazingly poignant post titled My Dark Is Lovely. She examines her own journey to accepting her dark-skin, the proclamation that her black is beautiful and why we all must love ourselves. Please read Rocquelle’s riveting post.
Dark Girls: The Movie hopes to address the issues of self-acceptance, skin color and self-love not only among women but in the African American community as a whole. While this is not an issue that one movie will eradicate, Dark Girls will shed much needed light on the Great Color Divide and open our minds to the fact that…
All Women are Beautiful, No matter the shade.
Watch the Chilling preview and please support Dark Girls and help to get the film funded http://www.indiegogo.com/Dark-Girls-Movie Thanks Faith215 for the link!
What are your thoughts on the Light vs. Dark discussion?