Black women are often credited with being more confident in their looks than other races, despite not fitting the mainstream Eurocentric standard of beauty. But a lot of us will tell you that that is only part of the story. We cannot forget that there are black women dying from illegal butt injections, and being ridiculed by other black women for being too dark, or harassed for being too light. And as much as we appreciate Beyonce around these parts, we known that her brand of beauty — fair skin, light eyes, small waist and big booty — is considered the gold standard.
There were many women who discussed their lack of booty.
— Ish 🍫✨ (@SooAisha) June 5, 2015
And their slender frames, which bump the ‘all black women are curvy’ stereotype.
— Olivia (@livtrice) June 5, 2015
— NiaBia (@___AdoreNia) June 5, 2015
Many people referenced their kinky natural hair and wide noses.
— Nurse Ratchette (@tajhntee) June 3, 2015
— kakess (@krissykakess) June 3, 2015
— Morganic🌾 (@morgzz23) June 3, 2015
— We Are The Revolution (@SoualiganAmazon) June 3, 2015
And their dark skin.
— nyanluak (@nyanluakmusic) June 3, 2015
— Rose Butch (@toughboitears) June 3, 2015
There were those who felt they were not the ‘right kind of thick’ according to popular standards.
— lil intimacy issues 🦋 (@SimoneMariposa) June 3, 2015
— beanie baby (@BrianasNicoles) June 3, 2015
The interesting thing about the unconventionalblackbeauty hasthag is that I consider many of the participants to be quite beautiful. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. The other interesting thing is that many of these women are not at all unconventional in their looks. Deep brown skin, wide noses and kinky hair are normative for black women. That elevating those features as beautiful is considered an ‘unconventional’ thing is very telling.
Ladies what are your thoughts on all this?