Did you struggle with loving your brown skin and recognizing your beauty:“Absolutely. Just…my mom used to always say, you know Brandy you have a unique beauty. You know it wasn’t the typical what you see on magazines. You know just having far apart eyes and having different features, you know, high cheek bones and different things you kinda have to grow into. I definitely struggled with that. I didn’t think I was you know cute for a very long time. But, I know it’s kinda cliche’ to say that inner beauty it comes from within. But, it really does. When you work on yourself and when you take care of yourself and take care of your body, you grow into your beauty. You realize that no one looks like you, no one can be you, no one is you but you. And you really connect with that and embrace that. You know it took a long time to get to that point, but I definitely feel where Kelly is coming from. You would never think, cause’ I’ve known Kelly for a very, very long time and she always seem to be so…..not only confident but she was always beautiful within. So it just always…showed through her eyes and through her smile and everything. You never would’ve known that. And I’m just glad that she’s able to not only recognize her inner beauty but recognize her outer beauty. Because you are a BAD You know what! I don’t wanna say it on camera!”
“It’s great to be in a position where you can be honest and realize that you know, your light or your celebrity can be a testimony to other people to not feel like their alone. You know you want to be relatable and I love that about Kelly that she’s relatable and you just…feel like she’s your sister and I know my fans, they feel like I’m auntie or big sis or cousin because they feel like they can relate and that’s so important. So many of us don’t wanna feel by ourselves, like we’re the only ones going through something. Because it’s not true.”
“But for real, for me, I feel like with the red lipstick thing it all depends on the pair of complexion. I’m just being for real. You have to be fair skinned to get away with that. Just like if you were to wear like—f*cking for instance, what do dark skin girls have that you know fair skinned girls cant do… Purple lipstick? Naw, that looks stupid on all girls! Purple lipstick, guys! Like, what the f*ck…” - ASAP Rocky in an interview with fashion website, The Coverteur
Granted, it is usually best to pay no mind to ignorance but I think it’s time to put an end to this stigma once and for all. Let’s create the largest collection of brown/darker skinned women wearing a red lip along with the shade and brand they are rocking. There, a darker skinned girl hesitant to try it will find confidence to step out of her comfort zone. She may also find suggestions on which shade she should try that will fit her complexion.
Ignorant males will also be silenced to see so many beautiful dark complexioned women rocking their reds!
Send your photos to email@example.com
It should just be you in the photo
photo must be clear
include your first name & state
include brand & shade of your red lipstick
No Collages Please
During the 2013 Essence Black Women of Hollywood event, Kelly Rowland stopped for a candid chat with Eurweb.
On how she learned to embrace her skin tone You know what I had great women in my life to help me overcome that. I remember I went through a period where I didn’t embrace my chocolatiness. I don’t know if that’s a word, but I didn’t embrace my chocolate lifestyle. Just being a chocolate, lovely brown skin girl and being proud of that. I remember being out in the sun and I was trying to shield myself from the sun and [Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles] said, ‘Are you crazy?’ She said ‘You are absolutely gorgeous’ and she just told me how beautiful I was and how rare chocolate is and how gorgeous the skin is, all of this stuff. And I was just like ‘Yeah!’ Like a light went off and so and my mother had me sitting out in the sun a little more, just to be a little more chocolate.
Her advice to women dealing with insecurities You just embrace it. You embrace everything that you are as a woman, even your flaws too. And those things that you want to fix too and you work at making them better.
On whether she would consider doing a documentary like Beyonce’s I would. The funny part is [Beyonce] actually inspired me to talk to my computer because sometimes you do get so lonely and writing in a diary is just…I get tired and it actually puts me into a trance to where I become sleepy. So I am never able to talk those things out. If I did want to go and see a therapist, I don’t have the time to. But it actually helps you to look back and [reflect]. If you look at a day and it’s like five years ago and you can see how far you’ve come. I think that’s important and that’s why [Beyonce] is so strong and knows exactly where she wants to be. So I was like, I’m going to try that. I’m going to try that this month and see what happens.
#imadeface fun … Beauty comes in a variation of skin tones, shapes and sizes.
Want to proclaim to the world that you love the skin you’re in? Visit forbrowngirls.com > SHOP FBG to purchase your “I Love My Shade” Tee in black or white.
Visited fellow young entrepreneur Brandi Foster at her store , My Dear Vintage ’s new location at 2015 N. Charles Street- it’s gorgeous! She is also going to carry For Brown Girls ’ “I Love My Shade” tees!! :) Then, my best friend Chicky WuWu & I headed to Hyattsville to meet up with the beautiful and talented Bianca Williams -who is a Junior at Howard University- so she could take some photos of me to accompany an article she is writing about me and FBG! I had such a great time hanging out with her and her friends. We also had some great convo & great food at Carolina Kitchen ! ♥
Thanks so much again to both amazing ladies!!! xoxo