We must continue to work hard at breaking down the stereotypically mindset of believing dark skin is anything but beautiful. If we truly think about it, most dark skinned women have been told at some point in their lives, “You are pretty for a dark skinned girl,” which should lead you to believe dark skin is just as beautiful as light skin. Otherwise most dark skinned women would have never heard this statement before.
We must remember this stereotype was derived during slavery to seperate us and drive self hate. We must also remember that people who try to make you feel bad about yourself are often intimidated by you or have low self esteem themselves.
It feels great to see so many dark skinned women speaking on the effects of colorism and defining beauty for themself. All of my melanin infused beauties, please always remember you are beautiful because of your dark skin, not in spite of!
There are ten women we want to recogines for being proud in their beautiful dark skin.
- “I cannot run away from who I am and my complexion or the larger society, and how they may view that.” ― Lupita Nyong’o, Refinery29
- “The one thing I feel is lacking in Hollywood today is an understanding of the beauty, the power, the sexuality, the uniqueness, the humor of being a regular black woman.” ― Viola Davis, ESSENCE
- “I’m black, I’m dark and I’m f**king beautiful. My skin is gorgeous, I love myself, people with good eyesight love me too, and the rest of the world can f**k themselves. I’m gonna have a little dark-skinned party over here. I’ll have a good time!” – Michaela Coel, Vibe
- “I can finally say I’m comfortable in my own skin, grew up despising the skin tone I was in because it’s been bashed for so long & society has been putting in our heads that dark is ugly. For all you beautiful chocolate girls/women out there you’re BEAUTIFUL & don’t let anyone tell you different.” –Cori B. ESSENCE
- “I would tell my 20-year-old self, ‘You were fly, dope and amazing from birth. From the second you took your first breath you were worthwhile and valid and you have to find other ways to feel good about yourself that have nothing to do with being chosen by a man.’” ― Gabrielle Union, xoNeCole
- “I remember I went through a period where I didn’t embrace my ‘chocolatiness.’ I don’t
know if that’s a word, but I didn’t embrace my chocolate lifestyle. Just being a chocolate, lovely brown-skin girl and being proud of that. I remember Tina Knowles, Bey’s mom, and I remember being out in the sun and I was trying to shield myself from the sun and she said, ‘Are you crazy?’ She said, ‘You are absolutely gorgeous,’ and she just told me how beautiful I was and how rare chocolate is and how gorgeous the skin is, all of this stuff. And I was just like, ‘Yeah!’ Like a light went off. So between her and my mother and then me sitting out in the sun a little more, just to be a little more chocolate. You just embrace it. You embrace everything that you are as a woman, even your flaws too.” ― Kelly Rowland, CNikky.com
- “Who hasn’t heard the obligatory, ‘You’re pretty for a dark-skin[ned] girl’? Or my personal favorite, ‘I usually don’t date dark-skin[ned] women, but you’re so beautiful.’ … Still, I always knew there were far too many other people who saw my beauty and embraced every part of me with open arms to think twice about what was said.” ― Tika Sumpter, Rolling Out via Hello Beautiful
- “I am dripping melanin and honey. I am black without apology.” ― Upile Chisala, beingupile via Instagram
- “If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change. #[email protected] #melaninpoppin #black #skin #blackgirlmagic #makeup #hair #blackgirlsrock #beauty #melanin #darkskin — Khoudia Diop the “Melanin Goddess, melaniingoddess via Instagram
- “That bubble of doubt within? It’s time to stick a pin in it. And wear your dark and lovely face with a grin on it.” ― Princess Latifah
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