Beyonce is not the only celebrity deny her beautiful black skin. Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim, and Keri Hilson have all been said to use skin lightener. I do not believe we should bleach our skin to meet ‘Eurocentric’ beauty standards or make any one else happy. We should all be happy and comfortable in our own skin. We were born to be different we have to accept it.
In Patricia Smith's’ What It’s Like to be a Black Girl (for Those of You Who Aren’t), she eliminates the use of stanzas in her poem, which makes it appear as a miniature short story to the reader. Without the stanzas, the reader is encouraged to read the poem straight through, only breaking where there is punctuation. Her powerful words keep the reader attentive and truly capture the essence of her life. She begins her poem with the line “First of all”, the F in first being the only capitalized letter in the poem. She does not use other transition words like then, next or second, which one would expect, however, with each line, she takes the reader as she transitions from childhood to womanhood for a young black girl.
When I look around me I see people that are different shapes, sizes, and are different races, however what seems to be very interesting and unique about everyone is our hair. Our hair defines our personality that we carry into the community. Especially in the African-American culture our hair is considered ever changing, new, and trend setting. From the braids, to locs, perms, or just being natural, African-American women do not play about their hair. Though when we get our hair done it is a process and it takes time for our hair to look so good, we struggle with issues that come along with how are hair looks.
They also say that makeup doesn’t only enhance their physical appearance but also the way other sees them. They also found out that there is also an advantage using make-ups for women because those who are wearing makeup and has a great potential got the bigger chance to get a prestigious job than those women without make-ups. It only states that the people with cosmetics are more attractive than those who don’t use make-ups. It also says that make-ups enhance not only the physical feature but the confidence too and with it, others see them more proper than those without it. And in terms of finding jobs, those who wear cosmetics have a higher possibility to be accepted in a specific work or job.
African American rapper “Lil’Kim” publicly admitted to getting surgery and bleaching her skin, saying “really beautiful women that left me thinking, how I can I compete with that? Being a regular black girl wasn 't good enough.” This trend of women being unhappy with their bodies is not uncommon. 53% of 13-year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies, this grows to 78% by the time they are 17 (Maine, 2011). Due to this, more women result to practices making themselves more “attractive”. One of these practices is the art of wearing cosmetics. Self-conscious women are more likely to wear cosmetics than less self-conscious women and report that they believe their social interactions are more pleasurable when they wear makeup (Miller &
Langston Hughes' "When the Negro Was in Vogue" brings light to the issue of racial inequality and cultural appropriation. These topics remain relevant in our modern society, and are present in current cultural trends. Racial inequality is a problem that has always been around it seems; white is portrayed as "good" and black (and every other color for that matter) is portrayed as "bad." The title "When the Negro Was in Vogue" makes the point that during the time of the Harlem Renaissance, it was actually "good" to be black; that was because white people liked what black people were accomplishing and creating at the time. This is something that continues to be an issue, even today. While our society has made a significant amount of progress in terms of racial inequality, there is still much more
Janice Mirikitani’s “Recipe” is a free-verse poem providing a set of instructions for attaining round eyes. The poem reviews the necessary ingredients and provides in-depth steps about the process of applying makeup to the face in order to achieve a round eye look. Through the stylistic choice of a free-verse poem, the piece is revealed to be a satire exposing society 's false view on beauty, therefore displaying the speaker’s mock-serious attitude towards the topic. Initially, Mirikitani implements the free-verse format in order to create irony within the text.
A little girl with skin the color of toffee, evidently biracial, raised her hand. Proudly, she announced that her family was a lot of different colors, so she would be going to many bins to get the appropriate colors. The elderly art teacher was slightly taken aback, but the remark passed smoothly. However, only two or three decades ago, the
A famous writer once said a woman 's hair is her glory. What a great day it will be when African American women realize this about their natural tresses. While it is perfectly normal to want to change your looks by trying different styles, why alter the natural make up of the strands that grow from the scalp? Instead of choosing perms and other dangerous chemicals to completely alter the natural texture of the hair, black women should learn to manage, style, and love the God-given hair they have been blessed with since birth. Although it may not be the most popular thing to do, African-American women should wear their hair in its natural state.
But they aren’t ugly like dead grass; they are as beautiful as the night sky. Eyelashes dark and long, like wings of a bird. His skin is the color of cream, smooth like silk. Silky cream skin. His fingers are long and thin, nails trimmed to perfection.
During the immigration act of 1965 the Jewish and Asian-Americans focused on staying with their model minority representation. Many people thought that the African-Americans and Latinos can be a model and follow the lines of the Asian and Jewish Americans. The Asian and Jewish Americans focused on their individual drive and their family, education, occupations, and etc. many people think that the African-Americans and Latinos can easily follow that and become a model minority. What people don 't know is that the struggle that the African-Americans have to go through in order to even be nearly chosen to be a model minority. It is nearly impossible for an African-American to be embraced and known as a model model minority. Let 's start off
They constantly encounter the problem of not living up to society’s beauty standards, which results in feelings of self-hatred based on race. These feelings perpetuate racism, as society, and even black people, tend to favor white beauty since it is held up as superior. The problems that Pecola, Pauline, and Claudia face in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye are not just figments of the past. Today, millions of women across the country feel some sort of self-loathing stemming from dissatisfaction over how they look. It is important that society tries to free itself from these nonsensical standards and celebrate the unique beauty of each individual
“Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline.” This slogan has been heard in every Maybelline makeup commercial and presents its viewers with women with unrealistically long eyelashes, flawless skin and fully glossed lips. But have we ever stopped to consider the message that these commercials entail? Could these Maybelline models have stumbled upon a full face of makeup that could be mistaken as a natural look? The media portrays these unrealistic standards to men and women of how women should look, which suggests that their natural face is not good enough. Unrealistic standards for beauty created by the media is detrimental to girls’ self-esteem because it makes women feel constant external pressure to achieve the “ideal look”, which indicates that their natural appearance is inadequate.
Society 's Beauty Standards Hawkins (2017) stated that the definition of beauty has been shaped by society 's standards instead of what people actually look like. It signifies that the society sets up expectations of how we define beauty by manipulating beliefs of people to recognize that body shape, skin color, race, ethnicity, or anglicized features are what makes a person distinguish their beauty instead of what people actually look like in reality. This makes people believe that the beauty that they see, especially in films, is something that they need to attain in order to be considered as attractive. Unrealistic beauty standards affects physical and mental health Vitelli (2013) stated that content analysis of female characters