Black is Beautiful
We, humans, are never satisfied with anything.
Many of us believe in what our society makes us believe.
This is the society that decides and labels a darker complexion means it's "ugly" and fair skin means "beautiful".
But what is the reality?
I have seen many who are obsessed with fair skin. They are blindly applying false claiming cosmetic creams, chemical peels, and many people are even going for laser treatments also. They are not limiting themselves to any extent to challenge God's own creation. Today, the color bias seems to be reinforced by advertisements that continuously equate fair skin with not just beauty, but also happiness.
This has brought into the world a multi-billion dollar industry called the cosmetic industry. This industry has dominated our society by capturing our thought processes. It's a dangerous cultural obsession that the industry is trying to plant in our minds. These traps are inescapable.
I cannot run away from who I am and my complexion or the larger society, and how they may view that.” ― Lupita Nyong
People are not stopping thereby applying fair creams only many are going further through an intrusive procedure like skin bleaching, gulping brightening pills, taking intravenous injections without realizing that they are playing with their own health. All these procedures are having varying problems and health risks.
Now the question arises, Is it necessary?
If you will ask me the same question then my answer will come out as "No".
Why should I allow someone else to judge me by my complexion?
Moreover, there are many examples in the world that are changing the age-old beauty concept.
Black models are taking the fashion industry by storm.
These brave hearts never allowed their skin to overtook their talent and limit themselves from fetching their goals.
Supermodel like Beverly Johnson – first African-American to grace the covers of American Vogue (August 1974 issue) and French Elle (1975, redefined the beauty concept. Naomi Elaine Campbell is a famous model who is also an actress and businesswoman. Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Nandita Das is an Indian actor and director. And the list goes on.
How To Build Self Confidence
- It's not your skin but your mind that is convincing you that you are not good enough to do anything. So shut your negative speaking mind by saying," Nothing can hold me back from reaching my goals ".
- Be comfortable in your skin. Never waste your time in becoming someone who you are not, rather just embrace and love yourself, learn new things, and take your own responsibility.
- Carry the confidence, not the complexion. How you treat yourself is exactly what you should expect in return. The day you start believing you are pretty, people will follow suit. Beauty comes from within.
- The spark is within you not on your outer skin. It's your talent, knowledge, and hard work that speaks louder than your skin. Hone your skills and lead the way.
- Never allow anyone to bring down your morals. Don't give them the key to your happiness. Things are always there in our hands. Only thing is to identify your strength area. Never allow anyone to define your skin color as your weakness.
- Ignore judgemental people.No matter what they will judge and criticize you. Don't take them personally.
- Surround yourself with like-minded positive attitude people.
- Speak your mind in front of your close friends and family.
Everyone is different and unique in their own way. Embrace them as they are. Appearance fades away with the passage of time what remains intact is the beauty of the soul.
© 2020 Suchismita Pradhan