Lupita was recently named the most beautiful by People’s Magazine, and some of their readers expressed their dissatisfaction with this decision in the comment section. One reader even commented that Lupita didn’t deserve this title because she’s 100% black(she finds women unattractive if they’re 100% black). These comments made me think of the brilliant post made by radicalrebellion:
White women (non-black women of color included in this as well) become offended and angry when a black woman (especially a dark skinned black woman like Lupita) is depicted as beautiful and worthy of appreciation because it jeopardizes their position as the epitome of beauty and womanhood. Black women are viewed as the antithesis of White beauty and womanhood, these white women are completely apathetic and silent when dark skinned Black women are portrayed as “ugly” and “unlovable” by the mainstream media because they benefit from this oppression. That’s why you never see white supermodels discussing racism and colorism in the fashion industry. However, these readers wouldn’t complain if it were light skinned black women like Halle Berry, Beyonce, or Rihanna (we all know why, hint: colorism). Anyway, congratulations to the ***flawless Lupita for being named the most beautiful!
Ugh… There are a few things about this that really irritate me. I don’t have much energy right now, but I will say:
One, you’re just gonna throw non-black WOC in with white women? Homie, fuck no…
Two, do you seriously think Mexican (again, a specific example of non-black WOC), are largely viewed (in the US) as “the epitome of beauty and womanhood”? Cuz, the fuck have you been?
Three, sure, there are racist non-black women who do think like that, but to just outright imply that all of us do, again, no. (I realize you later said, “these white women, but… you didn’t start so great.)
I’m dark – I’m not THAT dark – but I love to see ALL WOC be valued, love themselves, and shine~