Quotes that will make you proud of your black beauty!

Quotes that will make you proud of your black beauty!

Among us dark girls, it’s no doubt that at some point in time you’ve been maltreated because of your skin complexion. It probably made you feel bad and of course you thought it wasn’t fair. I’ve been there too. What pleases me much is the growing community of black women who are beginning to love and accept their complexion. It has even reached the extent that even fair girls are now all about melanin. So if you’re dark and aren’t enjoying your complexion, better do so oh else the fair girls will show you how. I decided to come up with a compilation of quotes that will make you feel proud of your black beauty. Each time I read them, my confidence is boosted up and I’m reminded of my roots and glory.

  • “Dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty. My Lord, she’s a black woman.” –Yosef A.A. B.
  • “I’m convinced that we black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, get through, and to get over.” – Janet Jackson
  • “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde
  • “Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you the same way.” – Nikki Giovanni
  • India Arie  “I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within.” 
  • ” I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes… Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, i have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I don’t weep at the world- I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” – Zora Neale Hurston

( one thing I’ve learnt from this quote is that there’s more to life than your skin color. life will hit you hard regardless of whether you are black or white and only the strong will survive.)


  • The black skin is not a badge of shame but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.” – Marcus Garvey
  • “My skin absorbs the sun rays and my hair defies gravity. You can’t tell me I’m not magical.” – unknown
  • “Just because you are different, doesn’t mean that you have to be rejected.” – Eartha Kitt
  • “I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl on a similar journey that you would feel the validation of your external beauty but also get into the deeper business of being beautiful inside. That there’s no shade in that beauty.” – Lupita Nyong’o
  • “I hope my story will inspire you to not only love yourself from the inside-out, but to take a chance on yourself and chase your dreams!”- Kheris Rogers
  • “God doesn’t judge dark skin, He judges dark hearts.” – unknown
  • ” Melanin is an incomparable beauty. From the lightest to the darkest skin tone, black women are exquisite beauty in every shade. Yes, black females have that special something that just can’t be ignored. We are melanin queens, beautifully created! respect the complexion.” -SL

Lupita Nyong’o says

  • “My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden, Oprah told me it wasn’t. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn’t help but bloom inside of me.
  • When I saw Alek Wek, I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny. Now I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty, but around me the preference of light skin prevailed.
  • To the beholders that I thought mattered, I was still not beautiful. And my mother again would say to me, ‘you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you.’ And these words plagued and bothered me.
  • I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.” – Lupita Nyong’o

Finally, a quote by me… “wishing you were more or less light skin is like wishing you were someone else” – Bei Black Beauty 

(please comment below one of your own beauty quotes).


You can compliment and celebrate others without necessarily wishing to be them because you are special, you are unique and you are enough!


So which of these quotes best resonate within you?

11-year-old Kheris Rogers, an inspiration to dark girls

11-year-old Kheris Rogers, an inspiration to dark girls

It’s not the situation but whether we react (negative) or respond (positive) to the situation that’s important. I believe we were made weak be it financially, health, body size and shape, skin complexion or whatever you consider as a weakness, so that God’s strength will be made manifest and His glory revealed.

Last year, I came across an episode of Steve Harvey’s show on Facebook in which he was interviewing a slim dark young girl called Kheris Rogers, a 10-year-old at the time. I got interested immediately and I wanted to know what the interview was all about. She started talking about how she was bullied by her classmates for her darker skin. There was an incident with a teacher in which they were asked to draw themselves and she was given a black pencil instead of a brown one. I was really surprised as I didn’t imagine that kind of thing still happens in this century yet I could totally relate with her story. I’ve sat in a class where the teacher cracks a joke using my dark skin as sample and the whole class burst into laughter, sometimes I laugh with them and other times it’s not funny at all. Sometimes I really don’t blame the teacher because he’s probably only trying to make his class more lively but at what cost?

Kheris was traumatized, she would cry a lot and wished she wasn’t dark skin. Then her sister posted pictures of her on twitter using the hashtag #flexininhercomplexion saying “my sister is only 10, but already royalty”

That post went viral and since then her life has never been the same again. All the positive comments helped boost her self-esteem and confidence and she now owns her own clothing line “Flexin’ In My Complexion.” That confidence helped her to chase her dreams and passions and her color which she was once bullied for has opened so many doors for her, it has placed her before kings and queens and now she’s an inspiration to many dark girls including me. Below are some of her quotes

  • You almost went to the gym, you almost started writing again, you almost started a YouTube channel. You almost started a business, you almost changed your life, you almost chased your dreams. Almost is nothing at all. Just do it!
  • Black is beautiful and I’m the proof.
  • You don’t accomplish your dreams by just wishing, just do it.
  • In order to be one of the greatest, you have to move like one of the greatest.
  • Strong women aren’t simply born, they blossom through challenges in life. With each challenge, a strong woman doesn’t give up, but pushes forward with their head held high!


For one of her giveaways, she asked her instagram followers how they flex in their complexions, below are some of their replies

  • “I’m so proud of how God has used you, your humbleness and your success! I’m a hardcore #flexinginmycomplexion member because God blessed me with this dark chocolate skin since my eyes opened 40 years ago. I never allowed anyone to make me feel less about something that was God given! I try and share that knowledge with others. God doesn’t make mistakes.”
  • “I don’t see my skin as a liability, I see it as a power because with my skin my black is beautiful and I love the skin that I am in and I know who I am.”
  • “I sit in the sun for as long as I want without fear or concern for people commenting on my ‘darkness’ I’m sucking up the light of the world and using up all of its energy.”
  • “I flexed in my complexion by staying true to who I am and being a voice for the voiceless and a role model for little girls that look just like me”
  • “I’m flexing in my complexion by empowering young people ages 16-24 to love themselves no matter what shade their skin is. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made by God.”


What so ever you want to do in life, do not allow your complexion be a limitation. Hope her story inspires you like it inspired me.



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