I don’t think people realize..
How deep eurocentric standard of beauty goes, and how much psychological as WOC, Afro Women this takes a toll on us. I’ am sometimes hesitant to even go into the make up tag, lipstick tag, eyeshadow tag, blush tag, truly any tag especially the Black people tag. It’s filled with such racism it kills me every single time.
Every time I scroll hours and hours endlessly not seeing one Black/Brown face. WOW!
This blog is a form of fighting back and that is what is truly scary.
GPOY….On forum I frequent the discussion of make up came up after some make up guru from Fashion Fair said something about black women shouldn’t be afraid to wear make up. Especially considering Fashion Fair now comes in a whopping 19 shades. <.<
Some sisters said the love make up. Other’s said they could do without it. And a handful of women cited that they don’t have time for white women’s problems I.E feelings of mediocrity based upon appearance.
In the midst of this discussion a sister chimed in with beef inquiring as to why we had to make it an issue of race.
The very article itself makes it so once you come to terms with there are more than 70 shades out there of PoC yet the best we can get is 19 from Fashion Fair ( a black owned and operated make up line).
Some make up lines do not carrying anything other than foundations in variations of beige. And the ignorance of the staff that may be helping you select a foundation as well as the lack of women of color in advertising for make up adds to this.
I am slow clapping.
I NEED A SLOW CLAPPING GIF
This is an issue of race as is the majority of everything because racism is systematic oppression. The first thing that is taught to women ( by women i mean cis or trans*) is our worth is amounted to our beauty. And this is across the board for all women of all ethnicities, so once you put that into context and then look at the overly worldly Eurocentric beauty standard the women whom are at the bottom the totem pole are Afro/Black women.
This has been a topic discussed often times but many times it’s not manifested enough in the Afro communities but it is so ingrained in everything we do. By preference for saying I prefer light skin/dark skin, by saying her hair is to nappy or You got that good hair. Afro women are not realizing they’re holding up this standard of Eurocentric beauty which we strive so hard to attain but never will. They’re upholding whiteness/white supermacy
We put ourselves in life threatening situations with incorrect haircare, bleaching of the skin, starving ourselves ( eating disorders are not talked about with Black women), mental disorders ( another topic not talked about) from the stress of not appearing good enough and a plethora of other things.
Which once again leads back to the number one case; us not being white enough. This is a matter of race and people need to stop trying to smooth over the truth. It hurts to know every time I go on tv, magazines, bars, clubs, radio, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING I’am the last to be picked and if I am picked. She is light skin with good hair and hazel eyes better known as the “exotic” Black woman who can passed for mixed.
Please miss me and stop trying to speak on the truth.
Because this is nothing but the truth! I make the range JUST ENOUGH to buy a shade, make up companies where are you what are you doing?!?! This is a demographic that many Black woman do not even touch.
I remember when I was younger being interested in make up and wanting to appear “femme” whatever have may be you want to call it. But because there was such a baseless knowledge for Black/Afro women I steered away saying it wasn’t for me or i didn’t like it.
Almost every color that white skin wears Afro Women wear it better, our skin is made for vibrant colors. MADE YOU HEAR ME!! MADE!!
So every time I hear a dark skin woman say they want red lips but its not for them. I have nothing but a deep will to hug them and list SEVERAL names off the top of my head and tell them to wear that with confidence and werk the hell out of it.