Black Americans and Eurocentric Beauty Standrads?
Topic: Black Americans and Eurocentric Beauty Standrads?
January 19, 2020 / By Ivy Question:
I was in the local food store picking up some things for my mom and I was in a long long line and I was looking at some magazines like Jet, Ebony, Essence, Vibe Vixen, King, XXL, and Sista2Sista. I was looking at the women inside the hair ads and some of the models and celebirties and I noticed that most of the Black models actresses all looked the smae: they had light skin and long and striaght relaxed hair. What is up? I wrote a essay about this for my African American studies class about how Black people prefer light skin over dark skin. I myself, I have very "African" features, I have twists in my hair, chocolate skin, and a hourglass body. I'm just staring to appreaciate my Afro-latino hertage and my skin color. It's hard because there are barely any dark skinned actresses and you always see dark skinned women in Black movies and vidoes potrayed as the villain or the hoe. I'm tried of it. why can't the dark skinned girl be the love interest of the pretty girl? Why??
It's so annoying!!!!!!!
Best Answers: Black Americans and Eurocentric Beauty Standrads?
Ellie | 7 days ago
This is very true.
I was born in the 70s and grew up in the 80s and there were many more shades and feautures then...
It is very sad...if more of us did what we did in the 1970s and 1980s and wrote to these companies, explaining that *ahem* black women do come in more than one shade, then it would stop again....
But many women of darker hue even believe in these standards....my mama and me and my sisters would write in (along with thousands of conscious sisters) and we are light.
It is ridiculous because all of us would be our natural dark hue except for miscegenation
Have a good day.
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Originally Answered: Why are black Americans called "African-Americans"?
I agree completely. I think it's just another attempt by people to be PC, in many cases this makes people either more racist or appear very ignorant. I think people go way too far and put way too much emphasis on race and political correctness. If everyone just relaxed, used a little common sense and accepted one another then things would be much more simple.
I think the term "African American" is very narrow and silly. I had a super PC teacher in high school that scolded me for calling a friend "black" instead of "African American"...my friend was from Haiti, he corrected the teacher politely but the teacher didn't seem register what he had said/meant.
Take it from someone a little bit older -- don't get caught up in this hype. Your standard of beauty shouldn't come from a magazine or a movie. This is an old debate that will never be resolved. Love who you are and respect the fact that everyone is free to do what they want with their body. I'm also African-American from Detroit.
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I learned about this in my Womens Studies class. I personally think that beautiful women are the ones who can love the way God made them! I knew alot of women from Africa when I lived in NY, and they were very beautiful and dark skinned. (They also wore minimal makeup.) Most of all they were happy which shines through as true beauty! I don't know why the media is so cruel to natural looks. It is sad.
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It used to be white women were the standard of beauty. Now you see so many black women (I'll admit with lighter skin) portrayed as beautiful as well. I think light-skinned black women are more beautiful than white women personally. So, my point is, I think our standards of beauty are being expanded all the time. At least we have some variety now vs. just the same old boring white women as the standard of beauty. We need a major reevaluation of what we consider beautiful in this country and in the fashion industry in general.
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Notice more darked-skinned, beautiful black women on
TV movies as of late -- makes the programs seem truer
to life. Hopefully, the movie media will catch up soon.
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That goes back to some research I did on the inter-race relations of Black America. Ever since slavery, Blacks have considered light skin as the equivalent of being better than your darker counterparts. It's a ridiculous theory that can not be proven nor controlled.
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