2. 'In her skin'
:Fair skin bias was perpetuated and strongly reinforced by colonialism and now globalisation is spreading the bias. Skin lightening agents are a rage in the Asia-Pacific region and almost every cosmetic brand exploits the markets with an influx of 'whitening' products offering 'transformation' and these constant advertisings have resulted in deep rooted conditioning that makes women believe that life would have been easier if they were born 'fair'. Needless to say these products are harmful for the skin,but the main invisible and severe form of damage is the one that happens within.
Choosing to remain anonymous,one of our storytellers shared:
"I am Indian and I'm dusky (something that I am quite proud of) and something which I never thought was an issue.However my obnoxious relatives thought otherwise.They thought my skin colour was something that was okay for them to ridicule. I've heard countless comments like, 'oh..she will have trouble finding a groom','if only she was fair!' the less meaner one's would go like, 'wow such beautiful features! it's a shame that you're so dark!'. At an young age of 13/14 years when you are already quite unsure of the real world and the challenges ahead,being repeatedly told these words was very discouraging. The worst part through it all was that my mother never intervened. EVER.I guess that's the part that hurts the most.
But guess what, I'm currently in a live-in relationship with this beautiful man who loves me a lot for who I am(and I'm pretty sure he's the one for me!). We'll complete 4 wonderful years this year.
I love my life and I'm surrounded with wonderful friends. I am achieving things I never thought I will because I was constantly told how inadequate I am because of my colour. I am now a dark-skinned girl on a mission!" More power to you and everyone out there who feels empowered and comfortable in their skin.
Celebrate the beauty that melanin is!
Disclaimer: We do not disclose the identity or photograph of our storytellers without their consent.
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*pulls hair, stares at moon while sighing*
Why is she on my mind all freaking day, all night, my day dreams gaahhhh. I have dreams now because of her. I long for her so...... bad.
I smell her on me. I feel her touch. I smile at the thought of her. I'm high when I'm with her.
A brotha never felt love before, but my soul is bursting through my mind I swear y'all.
I just wonder about it all. Enjoy the moment they say. But your mind races to thoughts about the future, what can be.
Take it slow, but my foot is heavy and I want to floor it.... crack the speedometer lol.
Keep it 100, 300, but what I feel is unreal to me, alien.
Forget the love of money. For the love of her and every inch of her beautiful, magical being.
Can I get a passport full of stamps with you
Can I just ride around at night with the top down bumping that 90's R&B and loving your presence
Look at this, I'm in my feels and it never felt so good. All of this pouring out, and I didn't even know I could feel that deep in my soul.
Even my smile has changed for the better.
I see your ambition, your hustle, your kindness, and it gets me going. *stares into the darkness*
I'm afraid to fall in love, but so eager to give it.
My soul reaching out and I can't pull it back.
I'm so freaking clueless of love. I don't know, but I know I'm so open, vulnerable, weak in your presence.
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