#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.
Karyn is a brave young woman, only 20 years old who has dedicated her time to promoting self love and celebration of dark skinned women through a tumblr blog, For Brown Girls. Earlier this year, I got to talk with her for an article I was writing and I was intrigued by her dedication and will. In that interview, she explained her inspiration for this movement, she said, “ Upon hearing other girls as young as 14 sharing with me how ugly they felt and the pain they were going through, I felt a need to step up and try to help… I didn’t want any dark-skinned girl to feel ‘not good enough’ again.” For Brown Girls is intended to celebrate dark skin and allow women to feel confindente in the skin they’re in. On her blog Washington has discussions, highlight successful ‘brown girls’, as well as taking submitted tips and photos. Washington has high hopes for the For Brown Girls movement and is currently working on starting a clothing line inspired by FBG to be launched very soon! Karyn is super rad and will achieve great success in her movement for shade love.
Check out my feature on She’s A 10 .org - A site/initiative that promotes the strengthening of women’s self worth. They put strong emphasis on internal beauty as opposed to external- redefining what it means to be the “full package” and encourage women of all ages to delineate why they are the perfect score!
Sometimes I dream I look like this person or I talk like that person, but everyday I wake up from that dream, I thank God that He made me just the way I am! Yeah I’m as dark as a blackberry, my voice is as sweet as honey, and I am “fluffy” like a marshmallow, but these are the things that define the beauty I display on the outside regardless of what media/television say I should look like..
So kings and queens, love every part of you, good and bad, and others will have no choice but to love you and respect your uniqueness as you do yourself ! ♥
Wednesday Wisdom: Viola Davis On Low Self Esteem + Appreciating Life|Oprah’s Oscar Special
I came across this segment of Oprah’s Oscar Special featuring Viola Davis on Tumblr and am extremely glad I did. I connected with and felt moved by everything Viola had to say- she is just so beautifully genuine. Viola once struggled with low self esteem-such that anyone at any point could come into her life and take away what confidence she had. I’m sure alot of young women can relate- whether you have gone through it in the past or are still trying to gain your confidence .Through the passing of her father, Viola realized how short life is -that one should appreciate every moment they have. The reality of losing her father changed her whole point of view. Viola shared some very essential lessons that she’s learned through her experiences. I could especially relate to these revelations and this very raw interview brought me to tears. This wonderful woman is definitely on my list of people to meet-so inspiring.
Here they are:
You don’t have time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love you has to say about you.
You serve such a great purpose in this world to the people who do love you and in whose life you make a difference!
Stop devaluing the people in your life who care for you while worrying about those who don’t!
Just like India Arie says in her song “Little Things” (video here), The little things are really what matters most. Notice & appreciate what you do have.