You’re pretty…for a dark-skinned girl!

darkskingirlVernae Williams,
Sacramento, CA.

I grew up in a family full of light skinned people. I always felt like an outsider because within the Black community light skin is seen as the “right skin”, and dark skin is viewed as being ugly. Growing up I never truly felt comfortable in my own skin due to the stigma associated with dark skin. I can’t begin to count how many times I have been told, “you are pretty for a dark skinned girl”. People would feel as though they were giving me a compliment, but they were doing the exact opposite. I want people to know that all shades of Black is beautiful! My Black is beautiful!

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  • HolletaBlu

    beauty is beauty no matter the color. You are pretty, end of story 🙂 By the way, people suck.

  • jacob

    That is very strange I’ve know many darker colored women to be very attractive. I don’t know why people would say such things. Maybe this is a CA thing.

    • MI33O3

      Maybe it’s just reality. Studies have shown that a newborn baby’s gaze focuses more on whites and those who are considered beautiful (facial symmetry).

  • Audrey Fischer

    To be honest, I think white people judge on a very black and white basis whilst other peoples judge on very particular hues. It’s odd, because I think that every single skin colour out there can be beautiful. If you have really dark skin and hair, wear some vibrant colours! If you’re frighteningly white like me, maybe darks, reds and pastels. Everyone is beautiful. Don’t feel bad because you aren’t the ‘right’ black, you’re the completely right you.

    • MI33O3

      Uhhh, a LOT of races value white skin as it is a marker of beauty, health, and higher intelligence.

  • Elizabeth

    I disagree with what you have said. I have never judged anybody on their skin color. People also Judge us you know ..

    • MI33O3

      Judge the higher threat level:

      You’re walking down the street and you see…
      1. A group of black teens
      2. A group of old Asian ladies

  • Elizabeth

    But I agree that every shade of black is beautiful and so is every shade of white

 

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