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Michigan Group Launches “National Pretty Brown Girl Day”: Would You Support?

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I was browsing online when I spotted this article about a Michigan group that is launching National Pretty Brown Girl Day on February 25;

Aubriana Jackson will tell anyone that she’s a pretty brown girl. She even has a T‑shirt that says so.


As a Pretty Brown Girl, she’s taken a pledge to “dream big, remember that I am beautiful inside and out, enjoy learning and laughing, always believe in myself and make healthy choices.”


The 16-year-old St. Paul Central High School junior will have plenty of company on Saturday, the first National Pretty Brown Girl Day, when girls and women of all shades of brown are encouraged to embrace the beauty of their skin color.


“I thought the pledge was corny at first,” said Jackson. “But the more they explained it to me and the founders’ inspiration, it became more significant to me.”


The movement was launched two years ago by a Michigan couple concerned about the images their daughters were internalizing about their skin color. The organization offers dolls, T‑shirts and other merchandise emblazoned with the Pretty Brown Girl (PBG) slogan. But the key is to help brown girls build confidence and leadership skills.


“Women should be taught to appreciate their skin from birth,” said co-founder Sheri Crawley.


Jackson was introduced to Pretty Brown Girls through her group, Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully), a mentoring program run by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. It is the first group locally to use the philosophy to talk about building self-esteem in girls.


“PBG gives them a platform to speak about things they wouldn’t normally with their family and friends,” said program co-chair Carla Hines.



GEMS wore the T‑shirts recently and discussed their experiences and the feedback they received.


Jackson said the discussion of skin color in real-life situations has made her and other girls acknowledge the importance of self-worth.


“I really love wearing my T‑shirt because it boosts my self-esteem when I’m wearing it, because people don’t normally associate pretty and brown,” Jackson said.


Not that Jackson needs a T‑shirt to build her self-esteem. A dynamo in her own right, she is a cheerleader for football and girls’ and boys’ basketball and assistant director for the school’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Jackson is already planning to take post-secondary classes in her senior year and is working on a cosmetology license. She also has her eye on attending Spelman College in Atlanta.


Hines says positive self-esteem helps young girls reach their goals. “When we females view ourselves as pretty, we are happy with who we are and can be more productive in other areas of our lives.”


A 2008 University of Wisconsin-Madison study of 98 black adolescent girls found that ethnic identity and perception of skin tone often predicted self-esteem. The study concluded that ethnic identity and skin tone together have a greater impact on self-esteem than either variable alone. With a variety of social, civic and religious organizations nationwide taking the PBG motto to heart, Crawley said she hopes Pretty Brown Girl Day will help people realize that pretty and brown are not separate. “It’s not just an African-American thing. As a nation, we need to pull back and look at the message we’re sending to girls about their beauty inside and out.”


Crawley and her husband, Corey, first did that for their two daughters, whom they often called “pretty brown girls” as a term of endearment. They decided to begin a business with that idea as the theme, and provide products such as dolls, backpacks, wristbands and other accessories.


Crawley is proud that the movement has spread through word of mouth. She gets requests for products and information from around the country. All it takes is a child having her backpack with her or wearing her T‑shirt to school, and the message continues to spread, she said. Recently, Miss Black Minnesota pageant contestants were given the shirts.


Crawley said her family will celebrate PBG Day by premiering the doll at the Magic City Black Expo in Birmingham, Ala. While there isn’t specific programming across the country, Crawley encourages community organizations to celebrate in their own way by hosting a Pretty Brown Girl party, taking the self-affirming pledge or finding a girl to mentor — or all three.


Jackson admits that although she didn’t initially take GEMS and the activities seriously, after she started attending, she found it valuable. “I’m very thankful,” Jackson says of her PBG experience. “I will take the pledge with me into my future and use it to build the confidence in those around me.”

It’s true that black girls deal with a lot of overt and subliminal messages about skin color that affect their perception of themselves. In light of that, do you think a ‘Pretty Brown Girl Day’ is necessary?

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Sasha (PoisonKidd)
Sasha (PoisonKidd)
8 years ago

I would Support this day in all ways possible. It is not about seperation or degrading another race. It is about letting our daughters know that it is perfectly great being a Pretty Brown Girl in a world that tells her that it is not ok. My sister is the swweetest color of chocolate I have ever seen in my life and it breaks my heart to hear her say she hates her color and wishes she was white or had lighter skin. Pretty Brown Girls Unite

Carmel Girl
Carmel Girl
8 years ago

I am all for building self esteem in young girls… and in young african american girls… my concern regarding this event is is it inclusive? Can yellow girls, white girls and light skinned african american girls attend? In my extended family there are many shades of brown but most of us (myself, my siblings and my nieces and nephews) are the very light brown. I live in MI as I was reading I wondered if I could or should bring my young nieces to this event (ages 2 and 6) I wouldn’t want anyone to look at us like we… Read more »

ImBrownToo
ImBrownToo
8 years ago
Reply to  Carmel Girl

This is my concern too. Are we creating reverse racism and prejudice. why is it that brown women do not think they are beautiful. who told you this? and why is this such an issue that you have to wear t shirts and dolls to bring forth the image that you are what you already were, beautiful. beauty comes in all shades, sizes, ethnicities and features. lets just embrace beauty and not colorism.

mochafrugalista
mochafrugalista
8 years ago
Reply to  ImBrownToo

I love this my stepchildren struggle with this. My stepson even says he is white because of his fair skin and big green eyes. I have always called my son my chocolate boy, and explained to him that everyone loves chocolate. He is one of the only blacks in his school and by far one of the darkest and he proudly says I am a chocolate boy.… Everyone loves chocolate anytime someone says something not so nice. My stepdaughter is also a beautiful latte color with hazel eyes and loves being my caramel latte girl. I have experienced the color… Read more »

PrettyBrownJamaican
PrettyBrownJamaican
8 years ago
Reply to  ImBrownToo

I understand both your concerns and share them to some extent. However, I don’t call it racism. In modern society it is still accpeted that the lighter your skin is the more beautiful you are. Many dark skinned young girls grow up KNOWING that they are not as beautiful as their fairer skinned counterparts. I think a movement like this is aimed at dispelling that belief…that dark skinned girls are beuatiful also. Its not more beautiful but “beautiful as well” or “Just as beautiful”. Frankly, I am a little peeved that whenever we try to assert our beauty (whether dark… Read more »

Wanda Renee
Wanda Renee
8 years ago

I totally agree!

anonymous
anonymous
8 years ago

agreed. Everyday is light skin appreciation day.

cygnet
cygnet
8 years ago
Reply to  Carmel Girl

The articles says that one intent of the day is that “… girls and women of all shades of brown are encouraged to embrace the beauty of their skin color.” Nothing is said about any shade of brown being left out. Nothing is said about anyone of any color being shunned. Celebrating something (all shades of brown skin, in this case) doesn’t require the shunning or rejecting of something else that is different from the cause of the celebration. And the Day is called Pretty Brown Girl Day. Not Pretty Brown Latina Day, not Pretty Brown Indian Day, not Pretty… Read more »

LoVeTMiller
LoVeTMiller
8 years ago
Reply to  cygnet

As I was reading all of the replies previous to yours it kind of hurt my heart to see that their is still some issues between the lattes to the straight-no-cream, skin-tone sisters. I felt the same way that you did, and wanted to re-type the definition of what the intent of PBG is all about. I am happy that you stated the words right. We have bigger issues than light or dark. Allowing our tone of color to be the issue keeps us away from what the real goal of non white people should be, which is teaching our… Read more »

PrettyBrownGirl
8 years ago
Reply to  Carmel Girl

As a Pretty Brown Girl brand team member, I want you to know that yes, it is inclusive. If you visit our website, you will see that the day is to include every shade. It’s about loving your shade of brown and teaching others that each shade is beautiful!

With Love

PrettyBrownGirl
8 years ago
Reply to  Carmel Girl

I’m light skinned and I am the head of Pretty Brown Girl’s social media and design. If you take a look at the facebook and website, it should be very clear that this is inclusive.

Connie1
Connie1
8 years ago
Reply to  Carmel Girl

NO WHITES SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. WHY IS IT THAT EVERYTIME CAUCASIONS DO SOMETHING THAT EMBRACES THEIR RACE AND LOOK, ITS OK, BUT WHEN WE DO IT IT’S A PROBLEM. I CANT STAND IT WHEN OUR OWN BLACK PEOPLE WORRY ABOUT REVERSE RACISM. WHAT IS REVERSE RACISM ANYWAY? THERE IS ONLY ONE TYPE OF RACISM AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED. EITHER YOUR RACIST OR NOT. THERE IS NO REVERSE RACISM. IF YOU USE THAT TERM THEN YOU ARE MAKING IT SEEM LIKE WHITES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE RACIST AND THEN ITS CALLED JUST PLAIN OLD RACISM. WHEN WE DO IT… Read more »

Queesha
Queesha
8 years ago
Reply to  Connie1

You beez tellin dem Connie1. Dis beez fo us folks whos not getsin enough! So wuts if we beez habbin foo stams, apermitive actions jobbs, welfare munny dats free, bus passes, skool (free college) and section eights libbin. We deserves MO!

LoVeTMiller
LoVeTMiller
8 years ago
Reply to  Queesha

I am just gonna go ahead and say what everyone else who has read your reply thinks. @Qeesha, are you some kind of a joke?! Based off of what you stated and the way that you typed it it is very obvious that you are not brown and that you are trying to be negative towards us and our beliefs. Please find something better to do with your time.

alyssa
alyssa
8 years ago
Reply to  Connie1

*Stands up and starts clapping*

WOW!! You hit the nail on the head right there. Reverse racism means exactly want you said. It’s like white people are the only people who can be racist. Hell Indian, Hispanic people can be racist too. Sometimes I think we give white people too much power over our minds. And that’s the problem right there. Black people get your mind right. Read and gain knowledge about yourself.

Carmel Girl
Carmel Girl
8 years ago

Follow-up comment: I just checked out their site and facebook page. I think its a darling concept and I’m all for it! I feel like buying my little yellow nieces some PBG products! Adorable dolls and t‑shirts! Here’s a quote from their announcement about the event, “February 25, 2012 is National Pretty Brown Girl Day! We are calling for all girls and women across the globe to celebrate themselves, families and friends. This is a great way for brown girls of all ages, cultures and ethnicities to empower themselves and boost their self-confidence. We encourage families, youth mentoring groups, civic… Read more »

Queesha
Queesha
8 years ago
Reply to  Carmel Girl

Will you habs chitlins ats da after party?

Maha
Maha
8 years ago

I agree w/ “caramel girl”… I have dark skin, my family is all shades… hmmm I’ve been teased by family members, mainly older cousins, for being too dark to be their cousin. So really it happens in both directions on the color spectrum. I think this is more of a minority image focused event and it is the first time ever so yes i would support it and see how it goes. Anyhow, I think more focus such as these should be placed on our young men as well. I really don’t know exactly why, but we are losing them and… Read more »

Goldeelocks
8 years ago

I understand the concept and grasp the message as they clearly had good intentions, but I think it could have been carried out in a better way. Even though the phrase “pretty brown girl” is inclusive of all “shades,” it’s still going to exclude people, yet we’re still wondering why there are “light” and “dark” skin complexes… hence the documentary “Dark Girls.” If there was a day created called Pretty Light Girl, Pretty White Girl day, etc there would be an outrage, even if it did state that it included other shades or races etc. All in all, the positive images… Read more »

EG
EG
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

There’s no need to create a ‘day’ for pretty light/white skin women, it’s celebrated year round.

Goldeelocks
8 years ago
Reply to  EG

Could you please expound on how pretty light/white skin women are celebrated year round? Im not seeing how it is any different from the creation of Pretty Brown Girl Day.

BlackOnyx03
BlackOnyx03
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

It’s pretty clear what she means, and I totally agree. Here’s an apt analogy – White friend: “I don’t see why there needs to be a Black History Month. You don’t see us having a White History Month.” Me: “There’s no need to have a White History Month. White history is celebrated all year around.” White friend: “Can you please expound on how white history is being celebrated all year round? I’m not seeing how it is any different from the creation of Black History month.” Me: Where do I even begin? ::sigh:: P.S. I hope this post is read in… Read more »

Goldeelocks
8 years ago
Reply to  BlackOnyx03

It’s a friendly debate. You certainly did not come across as snark, passive, or agressive at all. “The white history month” was a good analogy. lol. I understand what you’re saying, I just feel like we’re not progressing when we continue to revisit this light/dark issue. I still the creator had positive intentions in addressing the issue, but Dark girls have self esteem issues and so do light girls. Self esteem is an issue regardless of what color you are. Why do we need a day to point that out and draw attention to ourselves? I, personally, have never felt like… Read more »

merry
merry
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

goldeelocks, we’re not progressing when light skinned people refuse to acknowledge the struggles of those who are on the darker end of the spectrum.

it’s bizarre that you can’t see that light skin is upheld as the ideal within the black community and without. really, it’s jaw-dropping…almost.

Goldeelocks
8 years ago
Reply to  merry

Hi Merry, I understand that it happens, and I don’t think that the “struggles” of anyone should be ignored or go unacknowledged, it just seems like something that’s being revisited over and over and over again. Do we just hold onto this issue forever? obviously this day is a part of “correcting the problem. “If this day that’s created is going to help the “struggles” that I’m clearly unaware, I hope it goes off very well and sparks lots of positive things in the future. As far as me not seeing that light skin is being upheld as “better” in… Read more »

Moreniqua
Moreniqua
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

As a “light-skinned” girl, and an Afro-Latina, I can definitely appreciate the need for a Pretty Brown girl day. Whether you are blind to it or not, it is indeed a fact that within any community of Dark skinned peoples (Latinos, Indians, Blacks), light skin is preferential and widely acknowledged as more beautiful. It is a fact that whites are more comfortable around light skinned people than dark. I’ve had several instances where white folks have told me outright racist things that they would NEVER say in front of darker people (like it’s ok to say them to me). Also, having… Read more »

SweetBonita
8 years ago
Reply to  BlackOnyx03

i agree with black onyx03’s comment 100%.

EG
EG
8 years ago
Reply to  BlackOnyx03

^^^^^^THIS

Fel Anderson
Fel Anderson
8 years ago

I would support- how do I financially? Can I have a shirt? *And from GEM TO GEM- shout out to Delta G.E.M.S. (growing and empowering myself successfully!!!)

Kay
Kay
8 years ago

I absolutely love this idea!! I wish they had that here in Milwaukee, WI where I am from. Right now, I am in pregnant with a baby girl. One of the things I think about from time to time is how we are going to protect her from living a life similar to mine. I think from the time I was in the fifth grade (or maybe earlier)there was always a thought in the brain of why I didn’t look “good enough”. Why was my hair growing like this? Why was I darker? And on top of that what did… Read more »

Cinnamondiva
Cinnamondiva
8 years ago
Reply to  Kay

Very well said, Kay! I like your style.

Moreniqua
Moreniqua
8 years ago
Reply to  Kay

Well said Kay! I’m from Milwaukee too, and you can definitely see divisions within the Black community and ignorant or self-deprecating attitudes from light and dark-skinned people!

LoVeTMiller
LoVeTMiller
8 years ago
Reply to  Kay

Kay, thank you for keeping it real. I have had every last one of those thoughts growing up as well. I wish you and your daughter well. Just know that affirming that she is beautiful and smart everyday of her life will help her to dispel the ideologies placed on us by the society that we live in.

ImBrownToo
ImBrownToo
8 years ago

what could also be addressed are those who are putting these thoughts in folks head. This is an issue of all ethnicities. I can recall a conversation between two white females… one saying how she needed a tan, the other replying be happy with the color of YOUR white skin, love you! (literally, her skin was white as snow and she felt the need to be darker… lets say the new trend of tanning, darker being prettier had plenty to do with it… others go through it too). Folks (adults, children and those inbetween) teasing and making fun of others… Read more »

hyspin
hyspin
8 years ago

I going to post a link in regards to Jezebels article about this:
http://jezebel.com/5886568/saturday-is-national-pretty-brown-girl-day

there is a video on the page about a movie trailer about dark skin, explaining how some have to grow this problem.

Take from it what you will.

Fatima
Fatima
8 years ago

I love this! I see nothing wrong with a brown girl day. Black people are brown some of us are darker, lighter or in bewtween so I don’t get how people can say this excludes people? Brown people even Includes Asian, Indians, Arabs and Latinas, My best friend is from Sri Lanka and calls her self a brown girl. We have pretty white girl everyday just turn on the tv or look at the magazines I dont get why when it comes to celebrating black or brown beauty its a big problem.

Lele
Lele
8 years ago
Reply to  Fatima

I agree. There IS a pretty white girl day every single day. Also, I went to the blog, and I think I even saw pictures of a couple of girls who were brown, but not black. Yes, even lighter-toned black girls are still brown. Light brown, dark brown, medium brown. Brown.

Wanda Renee
Wanda Renee
8 years ago
Reply to  Fatima

ITA!
It is pretty white girl day everyday.
It’s funny how black people never want to exclude other races but other races have no problems excluding black people. smh

I wish it would have been called Pretty Black Girl Day…some black people probably would have died.lol

EG
EG
8 years ago
Reply to  Wanda Renee

You hit the nail on the head. It always boggle my mind how black people take such pride in being approved by non-blacks. It’s white/light skin girl all day every day but you have some people here who are concerned about those being excluded. Who gives a hoot. You think the women on the vogue website are going ‘gee there are only white women featured on this blog/magazine? Didn’t whites say they will only support shows that feature them and them only? Sheesh. I’ve given up hope that black people will one day stop looking for approval outside of their… Read more »

Newness
Newness
8 years ago

Even though I definitely see why this group would start Pretty Brown Girl Day and love the concept of instilling confidence in girls from an early age, I feel like making it an event for only a certain group is a step backward. I don’t want ANY girl (Asian, white, Latina, etc) feeling like they are some perpetuation of an ideal they probably don’t even understand yet. Whenever you create these separations (no matter how good the intentions), the repercussions can be really damaging. Maybe the focus should be put on beauty being about the inside of a girl. Celebrating… Read more »

Goldeelocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Newness

I agree. Even though it “in theory” is supposed to include all minorites, it is still excluding others. Why can’t it just be instilling confidence period and encouraging everyone to love the skin that they are in? Everyone is struggling with something, “my skin is too dark/light, my hair is too short/long my nose is too small/big” etc. I’m very fair. I’m not brown, even though I know the National prety brown girl day includes me, If I created a “National Pretty White/Light Girl Day” and made sure to reference that it includes all people of color with white/light skin… Read more »

EG
EG
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

Sweetie it’s white/light girl day everyday, so you don’t need to point it out to us, we are well aware of it.

Goldeelocks
8 years ago
Reply to  EG

Sweetie, it’s not white/light girl day everyday. What’s the problem in also creating a Pretty White Girl/ Pretty Light Girl Day and creating a Pretty Brown Girl Day, if Pretty White Girl/ Pretty Light Girl Day is including all people color? Wouldn’t we just be making sure that all people that aren’t’ considered “brown” but light or close to white keep their confidence up too and making sure that they are including just as Pretty Brown Girl day is doing?

EG
EG
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

Yes it is sweetie. I’d continue this conversation with you but you sound just like racist whites who want to know why there is no black entertainment television. So play your mind games with someone else.

Goldeelocks
8 years ago
Reply to  EG

I thought this was an environment to where everyone’s opinion’s could be expressed and or debated without being crucified. I was trying to understand your point of view. I was not trying to play a mind game. I’d be interested in reading more about your opinion whenever you’re ready.

Cinnamondiva
Cinnamondiva
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

@Goldeelocks…from one very fair-skinned sister to another, I see your point. While it does feel a bit exclusionary in some sense, I believe that this is generally a movement with positive intent. It isn’t meant to be offensive to those of us with lighter skin. It is meant to uplift girls and women of a darker hue. This isn’t being done at the expense of lighter women, although the title implies that it is just for “brown” girls. I don’t consider myself to be white, although I have white skin and one white parent and three white grandparents. I am… Read more »

Goldeelocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Cinnamondiva

@Cinnamondiva Nicely put. I see your point.

EG
EG
8 years ago
Reply to  Newness

They don’t need to change anything. Asian/white/latina women are not vilified the way that dark skin women are. It’s disingenuous to try to pretend otherwise. When scientist start writing articles about how those women are the least attractive of all women of all races, then I’ll show some conern. Until then, go pretty brown girl day!!

Ashanti
Ashanti
8 years ago

I’m taking the term “brown” to mean any girls of color, but specifically, those that are denigrated for their “browner” skin. If I had a daughter, no matter what her shade would be, this is definitely something I would attend/support. Oddly enough, I have been blessed with 3 beautiful brown boys, but I sometimes secretly wished for a beautiful, chocolatey daughter!!

MaKenzie
MaKenzie
8 years ago

I absolutely LOVE the idea of this day!! I’m looking for a website now to grab a shirt, lol! I can appreciate the view that it’s a bit exclusive, that’s definitely something to think about, but I feel like when others wanted to have something for themselves, they weren’t always worried about trying to include us. I think it’s only fair to be able to have a positive day/event for us and not worry about being “exclusive”.

I’m really sorry if that came out wrong! I tried to make it as polite as possible!

napfrocurlzgirl
8 years ago

I’d support it if included all brown girls of varying ethnic backgrounds since this is a global issue. But, the photo implies it’s just for black girls, so I’d pass. We need to stop segregating ourselves if we ever expect to move forward.

Black,Beautiful&Confident
Black,Beautiful&Confident
8 years ago

I have to jump on the reverse side of this idea. I see it as unprogressive as it clearly states that women of color need a day or holiday to tell them that they are beautiful. I don’t see why we have to do all that just to say that we are different, but beautiful, too. This colorism issue, I feel, starts in the home. If (a big IF)a young ‘brown’ girl is fed images of brown beauty and shown that she is beautiful by her community, then she will grow to have the confidence to step out into the… Read more »

Goldeelocks
8 years ago

I think you explained that quite well. Kudos. I’d pass on supporting it. Be happy in the skin you’re in. Period.

Connie1
Connie1
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

FIRST OF ALL YES, CONFIDENCE STARTS AT HOME BUT CHANGES WHEN A CHILD IS UNLEASHED INTO SOCIETY. STOP ACTING LIKE BROWN SKIN GIRLS DONT GET THEIR CONFIDENCE FROM HOME, BECAUSE THEY DO. WE ALL KNOW IT STARTS FROM HOME BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT SOCIETY MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE OF A DARKER SHADE. I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE JUST JEALOUS OF BEAUTIFUL DARK SKIN. SO THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH A PRETTY BROWN DAY! WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE IT BECAUSE IT IS BEAUTIFUL. JUST LIKE WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE NATURAL HAIR VERSUS RELAXED… Read more »

Black, Beautiful&Confident
Black, Beautiful&Confident
8 years ago
Reply to  Connie1

@ Connie: I’m not sure if I understand your definition of confidence when you say ‘CONFIDENCE STARTS AT HOME BUT CHANGES WHEN.…’

Cinnamondiva
Cinnamondiva
8 years ago

I believe that what Connie is trying to say is that a child might receive positive reinforcement at home, but society takes it to a whole new level. A little Black girl (I am talking about girls of ALL shades, not just dark-skinned or “brown” girls) can have her beauty affirmed at home, but what about when she is at school? Or walking down the street? Or when a thoughtless relative says something negative about her appearance? I am not dark-skinned by any means, so I can’t presume to know what darker ladies experience. But I will say that I support… Read more »

LoVeTMiller
LoVeTMiller
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

If it was called “Be Happy in the Skin Your in Day” , would your opinion differ?

Faye
8 years ago

I agree with you completely. I have self-esteem issues like every other girl. However, it has never been about my skin because my mother and my family made sure their positive influence about being black overshadowed the media and the negative people I’ve met, and never let me think it was okay to look down on someone because they were a shade darker or lighter. A day isn’t going to make a difference to a girl who thinks she’s ugly every other day of the year. Raise confident and open-minded women of ALL races!

BlackOnyx03
BlackOnyx03
8 years ago

Well, the bottom line imho is that many brown girls do, in fact, suffer from a lack of confidence. And they do indeed have a hard time accepting themselves. And this problem didn’t develop in a vacuum and isn’t intrinsic to being brown, but rather it’s a byproduct of living in a culture that has been so poisoned with the vicious lies of white supremacy that black people (pardon me, “brown people”) do indeed struggle to look in the mirror and love the image they see staring back at them. Instead, they celebrate how much of a colonizing power’s descendants… Read more »

Jo Somebody
Jo Somebody
8 years ago
Reply to  BlackOnyx03

This day will do nothing to change the minds of those women. It will either make them overcompensate and ‘fake’ their pride or will make no difference. They need to be told everyday, otherwise they will continue to notice that they only get one day to celebrate their shade while light/White women get to celebrate every day (apparently).

The way to overcome the shade issue isn’t by making beauty in the less popular shade special, it’s by making beauty in the less popular shade normal. IMO.

EG
EG
8 years ago
Reply to  Jo Somebody

Yes it will, it’s called baby steps. To say otherwise is to pretend that this website has not helped bolster the self esteem of women who would have otherwise abandoned their natural hair journey. Every little bit helps, and if someone fakes it till they make it, then.…..so what?

Goldeelocks
8 years ago

I’m wondering if everyone that is claiming that “Light Skin Day” is everyday, is not “light skin.”

PrettyBrownGirlTeam
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

At the end of the day, the overwhelming response to the Pretty Brown Girl brand has been positive. It has caused quite a few emotional breakthroughs in all who are involved. That includes the improvement of the self esteem of the CEO’s daughters. It includes how this brand has caused me to take a deeper look at the messages I was sent as a light skinned child. Why am I being fed that I am prettier? It has been said that those of us who are light and white don’t tend to see the light and white privilege that we… Read more »

Goldeelocks
8 years ago

I am glad that the response was positive. Perhaps it will encoruage more families to express how beautiful your skin is regardless of the color and not place so much emphasis on what they think is being represented in the society.

AuNaturale82
AuNaturale82
8 years ago
Reply to  Goldeelocks

I’m wondering why light-skinned people don’t like to recognize light-skinned privilege. I guess it’s the same reason why white people don’t like to recognize white privilege. It really bothers me when light-skinned women try to ignore or minimize the issues that dark-skinned black women face by saying “get over it and love the skin you’re in” or “I struggle with issues too.” Oh, and I am not dark-skinned. But if you can’t see that Beyonce is praised over India Arie, you are lost beyond all comprehension. If you don’t know or recognize by now that we live in a society… Read more »

Cinnamondiva
Cinnamondiva
8 years ago
Reply to  AuNaturale82

I respect your opinion, AuNaturale82, but I have some thoughts I’d like to share. First, you might want to be careful about making generalizations. Not all light-skinned people have privilege. Racism also affects light-skinned Black women and women of mixed race. And we also deal with issues concerning beauty, body image, and self-esteem contrary to popular belief. That is not minimizing the struggles of others…it is the truth. I’m as light as can be and I’ve struggled with low self-esteem all my life. There have been times when I’ve looked at a pretty girl with dark brown skin and felt envious… Read more »

Moreniqua
Moreniqua
8 years ago
Reply to  Cinnamondiva

I agree with you :). Not all light skinned women are clueless, we do empathize, nor do well all believe we are superior.

zyaran
zyaran
8 years ago

That little girl on the main picture is so pretty.

Jo Somebody
Jo Somebody
8 years ago
Reply to  zyaran

Very true! She’s a doll! And she will still be pretty on February the 26th…

merry
merry
8 years ago

should have been called jet black girl day -
pass the chocolate bar test girl day -
the true color of vanilla girls day -

lmao.

Gentry Brooks
Gentry Brooks
8 years ago

This is my daughter’s picture that is posted. I would like to know where you got this picture from.

zyaran
zyaran
8 years ago
Reply to  Gentry Brooks

Well even if she takes it off of here, sorry to say you or someone posted this picture directly on blackgirlsrock site 2/10/12, and it has over 408 hits. So people have already reblogged and liked that picture already sorry.

Gentry Brooks
Gentry Brooks
8 years ago
Reply to  zyaran

Ma’am, I don’t know you. If I was the one to post it I wouldn’t have asked. And yes it may be reblogged or whatever, but its up to me if I want it on or not! Thank you!

zyaran
zyaran
8 years ago
Reply to  Gentry Brooks

No need to get nasty with me about the picture seeing as how the pic of her is reblogged with other sites having her photos. So I guess you plan on going through all 400 plus of those that have her on their page as well to get rid of her. If you don’t want people to copy your child’s photo then you need to watermark it, or get copy infringment protection on your page to prevent this from happening again in the near future. Either way she is a pretty child as I stated earlier and looks like a… Read more »

Gentry Brooks
Gentry Brooks
8 years ago
Reply to  zyaran

Like I said, I don’t know you. And you didn’t know whether I wanted off or not! You volunteered your information. And when I find her pic I will ask for it to be taken off. However I handle is not your business anyway. Unless you are the one that has access to take it off, then I wasn’t talking to you. So it’s on you if you took offense to a simple question! And I’m sure other people don’t want to hear about anything but what the article is talking about. So, when her pic is taken off! I’m… Read more »

zyaran
zyaran
8 years ago
Reply to  Gentry Brooks

It doesn’t bother me at all, since the picture is still on here and others. I could care less, and I have nothing to do with prettybrowngirlteam nor the other sites. I just voiced my opinion and found the info that you asked the other person on here. At the end of the day folks, anytime a photo is put on the internet it gets circulated to over a lot of people to see. If you don’t want a photo to be seen don’t put in on here yourself, or family or friends. Because it will bite you in the… Read more »

katieM
katieM
8 years ago

Pretty Brown Girl day sounds wonderful. My question is where are the coloring pages that feature Pretty Brown Girls? I wanted some coloring pages for students after a standardized test so they would have something mindless and relaxing to do. Kids love to color. All I could find were pictures of little white girls. Yes, they could be colored brown, but the features and hair was still white. There were plenty of “Black History” pages, but where are the mindless fun pages?

Claudette UK
Claudette UK
4 years ago
Reply to  katieM

Look for the coloring book ‘Color My Fro’ from Amazon

PrettyBrownGirlTeam
8 years ago

To Gentry: Our graphic team found it on tumblr. It’s a beautiful picture. We will, however, remove it at your request.

Gentry Brooks
Gentry Brooks
8 years ago

Please do! Thank you!

PrettyBrownGirlTeam
8 years ago
Reply to  Gentry Brooks

Hi Mrs. Brooks. We have removed the picture from every site we have access to. We do not, however, have access to the BGLH website. We did not ask for them to use the picture. The picture most likely was used because of your daughter’s hair and the color scheme that coincides with that of the website. As far as we know, this is the only article that both references Pretty Brown Girl and uses your daughter’s picture. We wish you the best in your endeavors and we thank you for having shared such a beautiful picture with the world.

Connie1
Connie1
8 years ago

THE LITTLE GIRL IN THE PHOTO IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. I MEAN SHE IS REALLY STUNNING. I LOVE SEEING THIS BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE FORGET HOW BEAUTIFUL BROWN SKIN GIRLS REALLY ARE. I HOPE TO HAVE A DAUGHTER THAT LOOKS JUST LIKE HER!

Mina
Mina
8 years ago

I agree with many of the above who stated that it starts at home, but I think negative feelings about your own skin color are derivative of deeper issues that won’t be fixed with a “pretty brown girl day.” & while I understand the concept, I have a problem with focusing on physical beauty as a source of self-confidence in young women. I don’t have children, but if I had a daughter, while I would certainly want her to feel good about her appearance, I wouldn’t want to make it a source of value. I think the deeper issue is that… Read more »

Cinnamondiva
Cinnamondiva
8 years ago
Reply to  Mina

Mina, I hear you and I agree with your sentiment. But I disagree with this statement: “I think the deeper issue is that Black women, and women of every race, place too much emphasis on the physical”. Nope. I would say that it is society that does this, not just women. It is a societal problem. Some people believe that it is rooted in biology. I’m not sure about that. Everyone is judged according to the way they look, although some are judged more harshly. Beauty is considered to be a powerful tool for many women…it has been this way… Read more »

Fro
Fro
8 years ago

A “Pretty Brown Girl Day” is necessary. I’m not of the same opinion as some of the post racial commentators on this post that thinks it isn’t. At first it was admirable in the past, but now it has become silly to be so inclusive for others when whites and other minorities don’t give a second thought to include us in things they do to uplift themselves.

sasha
sasha
8 years ago

I think this is a good idea especially if the founder keeps the concepts beyond identity politics. I’vr read the arguments from both sides and many are validate. I wonder why there are so many critiques. If some one believes that a “light-skin” group is needed form it. If some one believes that an a” inclusive girl of color group is needed form it. If someone believes that it is better too simply not address the issue- stop talking. One group cannot meet the needs of every person. There is not one solution; there a simply solutions. We have to… Read more »

Tara
Tara
8 years ago

Is this light-skinned/dark-skinned issue a “black community” thing? Because I’ve lived my entire life in mostly-white suburbs, and have never had issues with my dark skin color. Nor has anyone ever suggested that because I was dark, I was less pretty. The biggest problem for me, growing up, was being stereotyped by people who didn’t know me, or even having some people get upset because I “acted white.” Not to say that I wasn’t aware that mixed girls were considered prettier, but I assumed that it had more to do with them tending to have smaller lips, noses, straighter hair,… Read more »

Kathy
8 years ago
Reply to  Tara

+1 on this.

Kathy
8 years ago

I would not oppose Pretty Brown Girl Day, but I think other values should be incorporated. We should be raising our kids to find self esteem within themselves, and encouraging the development of their gifts and talents–not just skin color. In order to rise above racism and prejudice, we need to stop acknowledging it so much. I want my kids to be proud of who they are as PEOPLE, not just “brown people.” We were put on this earth to make it a better place, to reach out to those in need, and to show love to one another. I… Read more »

Rhonda
Rhonda
8 years ago

I was thinking that there should be a Pretty Black Girl Day instead too but if they’re trying to include other races of women then I guess. The color complex is a problem that needs to be addressed and corrected within our community before we can expect the media and the rest of the world to get right. Light-skinned black person, dark-skinned black person, and every shade in between of a black person is still a black person in the eyes of others and that’s the way it should be with our own as well. There should be family discussions… Read more »

Ya Tafari
6 years ago

Peace & Love Everybody…hope all is wellness. I am a holistic music practitioner for the International Therapeutic Massage Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. I create and product music for Yoga, Tai-chi, Healing, Meditation, and Relaxation for the company and for Megawave Record Corporation in Lansing, MI. I have a musical call ” BROWN GIRL ” I wrote it for the Mayor of Southfield, MI The Honorable Brenda Lawrence and her women’s group. The ladies loved the New CD, and the endorsed it. I would like to send one cd to Pretty Brown Girl, for your website. Call me at 248 979 0481,… Read more »

TWA4now
TWA4now
4 years ago

I.LOVE it! We need the reminder of.how.beautiful we are and to take care of ourselves. It’s LONG over due!

Ivori Dyson
Ivori Dyson
4 years ago

This picture is of me, idk how but its used on soo many sites my mom must have signed something when i was younger, lol its just surprising when i see it pop up…lol

SKEEWEE
SKEEWEE
5 years ago

I love this effort!!

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