Former Urban model Solei talks about how since 16, she always had a weave on her head. But when she started seeing images of women wearing their hair naturally, she began to wear her hair naturally.
A 1999 Gem!
In America, we see the body exploited in a wide variety of ways. In Switzerland, they celebrate a festival that showcases the Body as a moving canvas. The results are amazing.
Warning:The below video contains nudity…parental consent is advised.
About Nubian Skin
A nude bra and skin tone hosiery are the basics of every woman’s wardrobe, at least in theory. For many women of colour, finding suitable skin-tone hosiery and lingerie has not been an option. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’.
Inspired by trail blazing women, Eunice W. Johnson and super model Iman, who created Fashion Fair and Iman cosmetics, Ade took the leap and created Nubian Skin. It’s been an uphill battle, but every revolution starts somewhere.
Nubian Skin launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of colour. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach.
|Racism within the standards of beauty is a worldwide phenomenon. Within America, there have been a plethora of events where black women have experience racism just because they wear a natural hairstyle. There was the incident in Florida where a school threaten to expel a 12 year old student over her natural hair. There was the weather women, Rhonda Lee, who was fired from her meteorologist anchor position after defending her natural hair on Facebook. And now is Brazil, a student bus card photo was rejected because of her Afro.
I cannot understand the intimidation factor of women of African decent wearing their hair natural but obviously there must be something gained by the beauty industries and our cultural identities when people become so uncomfortable with seeing an Afro. According to Black Women of Brazil, “there is nothing new or shocking to report here just another example of how much Brazil attempts to enforce the European standard of beauty.” I agree with the BW of Brazil 100% because According to the dress code at Faith Christian Academy, “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction.”
Obviously black people being themselves are a distraction to society.
We need to see more images of diversity so we don’t fall into the monolithic approach to appreciating beauty. Beauty comes into all shapes and sizes, textures, and colors.
The real issue is The Body Dysmorphic Disorders (BDD) that rising at alarming rates because women and young girls are trying to live up to these unrealistic standards.
Nayara Justino thought her dreams had come true when she was selected as the Globeleza carnival queen in 2013. But some in Brazil regarded her complexion to be too dark to be an acceptable queen
When Nayara Justino was 6 years old, she’d watch Globo – Brazil’s biggest TV network – crown the Globeleza, their carnaval queen. Nayara admired and emulated these women, and even though they were always lighter-skinned than she is, she dreamt of becoming a carnaval queen too, according to The Guardian.
In 2013, Globo held its first competition to find its 2014 rainha, and Nayara didn’t let the public’s perception of beauty stop her. Globo called her and let her know that she had made the top 10. On TV, she showed off t
he samba moves she had been practicing since childhood, and talked about how much she wanted to win. “It would be an honor to represent the biggest street party in Brazil,” she said during the televised competition.
We live in a society that tell us everything about ourselves. It tell us who we are and implants false dreams inside our minds. We have forgotten the true power of our inner voice. But every time I listen to my inner voice and become bold enough to follow direction, I have been blessed. Listen in as award winning director Amma Asante talks about her over coming the stigma of being a black woman director and overcoming the definitions that society placed upon her.