Have you seen Nyakim Gatwech or Khoudia Diop? These women are bar none, stunning. I am mesmerized by their rich ebony hues.
They’re not alone either.
Black women are beautiful and we have a new wave of media and representation that is finally catching on to something we’ve known all along.
We celebrate black women in all her shades of glory. We take pride in her at every stage of her journey and we want to spread that pride worldwide.
However, the conversation does not end there.
Kinkier, coiler textures correlate with darker shades of beautiful women. This correlation has contributed to society’s belief that women who tend to have darker skin and kinkier textures are less desirable than their counterparts.
"Black women are beautiful. "
Unfortunately, many women are left to question their beauty. Here lies the rooted ugliness of colorism.
Colorism is the preference of a lighter, fairer shade within a community. It exists in all minority ethnic groups. It’s a byproduct of European colonialism and racism.
Colorism is the antithesis of everything we celebrate and call joyful.
The cure is the extinguishment of racism and the restoration of the black cultural heritage. In addition, we need to have open, honest conversations about beauty and what that implies with respect to color. The preference for fair skin is a deeply ingrained, psychological thorn designed to invalidate black beauty.
At Black Hair Management, we are strong advocates for beauty in its deepest hues and against colorism in all its facets.