Because white standards of beauty kill the confidence in the majority of girls and women of color every single day of their lives. They are raised with the very idea that they are inferior, they are ugly.
Because white standards of beauty are not something new; they’re not even Western completely. Consider the history of South Asia and its perpetual battle with imperialism and you’ll find those supporting “pure Aryan race” advocating fairness as a standard of beauty.
Because Desi men and women and other men and women of color are constantly told through thousands and thousands of commercials, literature, drama series, “success” stories that only fair skin will guarantee them acceptance, progress and love.
Because no child of color deserves to have their skin bleached and whitened so that they won’t be bullied when they grow up.
Because brown is beautiful. Black is beautiful. Yellow is beautiful.
“As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has—or ever will have—something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.”—(via justcallmegrace)