It’s no secret that black women are in dire need of better representation, whether it comes from Hollywood, YouTube or a black media platform. It’s 2018 – so why is the Eurocentric standard of beauty still many people’s only idea of beauty? Here are some reasons why promoting and recognizing black beauty is important.
1. It Will Improve The Self-Esteem of Black Girls Worldwide
According to an article in the New York Times, the ever increasing “health gap between blacks and whites is due in part to low self-esteem among blacks who react adversely to the stresses of racism”. Family practitioner, Dr. John T. Chissell said, “We live in an intensely racist society that teaches us to hate ourselves, and some of us do.”
For women, it can be even worse.
In the 2013 essay, “The Beauty Ideal: The Effects of European Standards of Beauty on Black Women”, Susan Bryant, wrote:
“Because black women, especially dark-skinned black women, deviate furthest from European beauty standards, they are more likely to experience self-hate, distorted body image, depression, and eating disorders. They are also likely to suffer feelings of inadequacy and report emotions of anger, pain, and confusion toward traits such as skin color and hair.”
The number of black women and black girls with low self-esteem should concern you, whoever you may be. It’s society’s duty to correct the injustices that many black and dark-skinned girls face growing up in this world.