Dear black beauty,

Despite how challenging it is to be black, know that you are not alone. They might have called you names, neglected you and questioned your beauty, but I wish to add my voice to say that you are bold and beautiful, loved and cherished and I celebrate you.

Wear your color as a crown of beauty not to boast but in awe of God because He made you in His image. You may look dark on the outside but inside you, there’s so much light crying to be released after all, light shines so much brighter in darkness which can be seen in your sun-kissed skin. ‘your beauty should not come from outward adornment or elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine cloths. Rather it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is of great worth in God’s sight.’(1 Peter 3:3-4) that’s the kind of light you need to shine. Love your skin a little more and you’ll be amazed at how much glow it radiates. You define your beauty. You decide how people treat you and love you. The way you love yourself is how they’ll love you right back. If you look down on yourself, they won’t hesitate to do same and even match over you. So get your confidence back and show people the real you.

If you think of your skin tone as a flaw, remember that you are God’s handiwork. Girl, the creator of the beautiful wonders of this earth made you! You are fearfully and wonderfully made, created to do good works. Everything about you is for your specific purpose, for He makes all things beautiful in its time. Wishing you were more or less light skinned is like wishing you were someone else. Rather than envying one another, let us learn to compliment and celebrate each other. How you celebrate others is the same way you’ll be celebrated. The moment you understand that you are unique and learn to accept yourself just the way you are, life will become so much clearer and things will start falling into place.

Finally, whatever your shade of black is, I celebrate you.

Remind another sister just how beautiful she is, we all need that!

 

From a fellow dark girl ,

BEI