I’m back with another curly chat, this time on Colorism. The “Natural hair Community” is supposed to be a wonderful place where women of color can feel empowered, represented, and beautiful. Although I still believe this is the goal of many with in this community, I would have to be completely oblivious if I said I don’t observe Colorism with in the community.
Twitter,Tumblr,Instagram,and Pintrest are full of pages dedicated to natural hair. I have personally observed women with lighter skin, being reposted more frequently particularly if they have wider set curl patterns. In addition the response, amount of likes, reposts etc. occur most often for women’s with curly hair and lighter skin. I’m sure opinions on this topic will vary greatly and many of you will feel that my observations are inaccurate. I completely respect that and we can agree to disagree. I just feel like starting conversations on issues like this can really benefit women of all shades. I really appreciate women who are lighter with “more desired” hair textures acknowledging this issue and the need for change. I hope that slowly but surely conversations will be had and lead to change with in the black community and many other communities that are affected by colorism.
The ideals of beauty need to become more inclusive, young girls need to feel beautiful and see their beauty promoted. Having one or two darker/dark skin role models versus the hundreds of lighter models is not enough. Let’s have more women to name than Lupita when we are trying to convince out brown daughters that they are beautiful.
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