For Dark Skinned Girls

Recently i am crushing on Lupita Nyong’o.  And why not.  She just exudes beauty, strength and confidence.  And this is all before i see 12 Years a Slave.

Lupita

Her charisma, her eyes, her hair, her lips, her skin tone, her clothes…everything just clicks.   She looks beautiful inside and out.  I love the fact that she represents herself in such a beautiful and classy manner.

I love the fact that she has dark complexion.  And i am disappointed that magazines like Vanity Fair and other media outlets will attempt to “lighten” her complexion.  It’s always sad to hear that many people associate dark skin with not pretty.  Pretty is pretty.   A person’s skin tone does not hide the fact that they are unattractive.  It really upsets me when the mainstream media and individuals in our society demonize dark skinned people.

I want to raise my son to love himself regardless of the tone of his complexion.  I don’t want his skin complexion to define him, although i know society will judge him based on his gender and his complexion.  I don’t want him to judge himself because of his skin tone…or his gender.

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Today i wanted to celebrate Lupita Nyong’o and all dark skinned people out there.  Including myself.

Lupita Nyong’o

She is just beautiful….

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

And she can definitely wear a gown like no other..

Lupita Nyong'o

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Lupita Nyong’o

Just flawless…

Lupita Nyong'o at12 Years a Slave (2013) event.

Here’s wishing her well at the Oscar’s and in all her future endeavors.

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17 Responses to For Dark Skinned Girls

  1. Pegster says:

    This girl is stunning I swear and you are so right, we have to celebrate people of all colors.

    If they lighten this girl I am going to be so annoyed I swear. She is so beautiful as is and exudes so much confidence and sexiness.

    I love to see African girls in the media that look amazing like this :). I know, I totally biased.

    • I think she does exude confidence and sexiness so flawlessly!! and i know about what you are saying about being proud of African girls…it’s fantastic!!

  2. jj says:

    I love her! I think her skin is just beautiful as is her attitude towards things. She doesn’t seem too uppity and just seems to be enjoying her life.
    It is sad that magazines are trying to lighten her skin tone. She is BEAUTIFUL the way she is. That’s what makes her unique!

    • it really is a sad state of the kind of society that we live in…and i have to say i am not totally surprised, after all they make skinny people even more skinny on magazines because supposedly that’s more attractive!! it’s a shame!!

  3. Faith says:

    Completely agree with you, beautiful is beautiful regardless of skin tone.

    And I’m with you, have the biggest girl crush on her! She is seriously flawless!

  4. nylse says:

    not that I disagree with any of this, but in my experience it’s just not the same for boys and men. My son does not give 2 hoots about his darkness (as it should be) but I’m glad to hear his thoughts on this. Lupita is beautiful.

  5. She is beautiful! We need more beauties like her to make it on the cover of magazines. I can’t wait to see that movie.

  6. Rene says:

    I love her! She is so beautiful and the last few weeks I’ve seen her wearing these beautiful and bold colors! Love it! She always looks fantastic. Oh and 12 Years was a good movie! I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Tia says:

    I have been loving watching Nupita’s red carpet looks this awards season. She is so pretty. It’s a shame that society can’t see the beauty in her that is so blatantly there. Her complexion is gorgeous. Her red dress at the Golden Globes would have been pretty on anyone but it was stunning on her because of her beautiful dark skin. I’m excited to see her at the Oscars!

  8. toi says:

    beauty is beauty! and I totally agree that we should raise our children to love themselves and they should allow skin tone to define them.

    wow, epiphany! after reading your post I know how to make a scene in my book clearer to the reader

  9. I am so obsessed with her. She’s like a little bubble of sunshine. I love that she’s so in the spotlight now and it’s for positive reasons because Black girls need this. I don’t think some of these magazines will stop lightening our skin until put our foot down. I’m talking about all these famous Black celebrities boycotting and refusing to shoot with them unless they cut back on the retouching.

    But as long as one of us is willing to still get in front the camera for them, it sends them the message that it’s ok.