What made me happy this week is the fact that the vice-president-elect of the US is a black woman! I know, I know, and before you ask why I am talking about the US and I am in Kenya, well, it made me happy ?
When I see other black women rise and get to where no black woman before them has gotten, I am extremely happy and even prouder to be black…and African.
But to be honest, we, as black girls and black women have come a long way, especially when it comes to beauty and what has been termed as what we can or can’t do, should or shouldn’t do.
For a very long time, I thought I could not use red lipstick because it was just too bright for my skin tone. As far as I was concerned, that was a rule.
Remember the time you thought you were not pretty enough because you are black, or darker skin toned for that matter?
It’s just me?… Okay.
There are a lot of things that people say black women can and can’t do.
The irony is that our hair, features, and bodies are appropriated, but our beauty is still questioned.
I have been affected by certain black beauty myths, and I’m here to debunk them and remind you that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, and without apology.
Myth 1: Black skin does not need sunscreen
Let me tell you. I believed this for such a long time until I spent a whole day under the sun and came out with serious sunburns.
Our melanin indeed gives us the ability to bask in the sun without getting burned most times. However, protecting your body’s largest organ from UV rays is important because we, black people, can get skin cancer. We are less likely to get that form of cancer, but we are more likely to die from it when we do.
I’ll be trying some new sunscreen soon, and will definitely share my thoughts with you.
Myth 2: Black girls can’t wear red (or bright) lipstick
I just talked about how much I believed this right from when I was young. By the time I started wearing lipstick, I was more inclined to the darker shades because I just didn’t think I could pull off a red lip.
This was until I started going out of my comfort zone when it comes to beauty. And for sure, life has never been the same ?
Myth 3: There is only one version of nude
I remember the first-ever nude lipstick I owned. It was pale and chalky pink and just didn’t go with my skin tone. I would constantly layer it with gloss, just to get the perfect nude that worked for me.
Nudes have come such a long way in the world of beauty – and fashion. There are absolutely so many ranges of nudes you can choose from.
Myth 4: Black girls can’t wear bright colored fabric
I have always loved dull colors. I am not sure whether that was a choice I made or something I saw society, and black women in general, do. Whenever my mum would buy me a bright colored outfit, I didn’t like it because I didn’t think I would look good in it.
Although I am still drawn to dull colors even now, I make attempts to wear bright colors because I know I look good in them.
Here’s to us, black women. May we always be strong, do things, and go places never thought or imagined to be taken by us. You are beautiful. Do you!
See You Next Week!