Tameka Foster talks complexion

    Tameka Foster thinks Black is beautiful no matter what the shade, but she’s calling the Black community to task for favoring lighter skin.




    Tameka Foster thinks Black is beautiful no matter what the shade, but she’s calling the Black community to task for favoring lighter skin.
    Tameka recently blogged her thoughts on about beauty in a piece called “Pretty For A Dark-Skinned Girl,” which was published by
    The Huffington Post.  In it she questions why many Black people are so color-struck.
    “It was said in the 1960s and the sentiment seems to be forgotten, ‘Black is Beautiful.’ Wow, nearly 50 years later and is that now only meant for a specific shade,” Tameka mused. “Nonetheless, I believe the beauty of our people and splendor of every individual is reflected in our varying features and hues.”
    She goes on to decry the stereotypes that are often ascribed to darker-skinned Black women, who “are considered mean, domineering and standoffish.”
    As an example Tameka points out that those labels hounded Michelle Obama throughout Barack’s (successful) run for office. While we were always huge Michelle O fans (she’s so fab), we can’t deny that we have seen unflattering comments made about her looks.
    The stylist even recounted a conversation she had with friends, who questioned why Barack would go for Michelle. “No one in the witch-hunt made reference to the possibility that Michelle Obama was smart, funny, caring, a good person, highly accomplished or brilliant. Nor did they mention that she previously was President Obama’s supervisor,” Tameka said. “If she were fair skinned, petite with long straight or wavy hair, would the same opinions be linked to her? I seriously doubt it.”
    Like many, Tameka credits this cultural favoritism to conditioning that dates back to the antebellum south, citing the Willie Lynch papers that outlined a formula for creating a slave. She goes on to explain how the lighter-is-better attitude continues to manifest itself today in the media, particularly the entertainment industry.
    “No matter what strides we make as a people, these issues continue to plague and rot our souls, causing significant decay to a portion of our population and truly hindering our progress,” Tameka said. “Perhaps we show progress in our wallets and lifestyles but not in our mind set. [Rarely] do I see depictions of grace and elegance in the form of dark-complexioned women ”
    But, Usher’s estranged wife isn’t just making an objective opinion. She even shares how standards of beauty lead her to undergo plastic surgery in Brazil.
    “After having an allergic reaction to the anesthesia, I went into cardiac arrest before the procedure ever began,” she shared. “I nearly lost my life over something as superficial as having a flatter mid-section and trying to adapt to society’s traditional definition of beauty.”
    We’re not quite sure if that experience is what inspired Tameka to come out with this, but we must say it is some sumptuous food for thought. So tell us, do you think she has a point?



    — Sonya Eskridge




    Here’s more:
    Tameka surprised by divorce


    blog comments powered by Disqus