Full lips, brown skin, a round derrière- are these qualities attractive in a woman? 10, 20 years ago the answer was a resounding no- or at least according to the larger society that dictates the beauty standards- the answer was no.
Of course as women of color, we know that these features that were once hated by the larger society were actually loved in our own. Our men always loved our lips, skin, and for damn sure our behinds.
However, we cannot get away from the world at large and the message it send us about ourselves. This whole topic came to me as I logged onto my Yahoo homepage a few weeks ago and saw an article touting the health benefits of a large behind. What was really striking however are the women used in the article. If memory serves me correctly, they featured Jessica Beil, Kim Kardashian and a host of other Caucassian females. The article brought a smile to my face as it solidified what I had known for years.
The reason that so many features possessed almost exclusively by Black women have been hated on for so long is because those who did not have them were jealous. However, now that doctors and scientists have gone into the laboratory and figured out how to give said woman all those once hated features- all is good and they are now hailed as attractive attributes for all women to have.
Lip augmentations and butt injections are now on the list of the top 10 cosmetic procedures had by non Black women and is it any wonder that now these things are being portrayed as less and less Black. Amazingly enough, when a sista with a full behind is seen these days she is questioned about its authenticity relentlessly- while non Black women are given a pass to claim they gained their new found curves via such things as Pilates.
I titled this post “The Color of Beauty” because that is what beauty in this society is based on. It is a fabricated construct to deem those with the least amount of pigmentation the most beautiful and thus superior- even though their own actions show they don’t really believe their own lie. Let’s face it- if they did- they wouldn’t spend so much time trying to make it look like something it naturally is not.
In closing I just want to say- Black is beautiful sistas and always has been. Love yourself and all the enviable qualities that God gave you… for free.