The phrase “Flexin My Complexion” was born out of the work of artist, Kameelah Janan Rasheed. Not long after her work was shared throughout the internet, #flexinmycomplexion became a viral hashtag celebrating the rich darker skin tones amongst women of color.
The twitter account @PoCBeauty aided in signal boosting the movement to over 26,000 followers which resulted in over 85,000 tweets in just one week.
— Misha B (@IamMishaB) August 14, 2015
— ‑spectacles- (@JacklynnMelB) August 14, 2015
— Paula||Denise (@DownAzzJawn) August 14, 2015
— aaliyah jewel (@blackheaux) August 14, 2015
As with any online movement, there was some dissent. Some felt the #flexinmycomplexion tag isolated those with lighter skin by choosing to solely focus on POC with dark skin.
If you don’t understand why darker people sometimes need extra support that’s on you #FlexinMyComplexion
— Beauty in Color (@PoCBeauty) August 14, 2015
What do you think about the #Flexinmycomplexion tag?