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By Alicia Lue. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But the truth is that when beauty is constantly viewed from the lens of a predominantly white and Western gaze, and for so long shaped by and held to Eurocentric standards, the concept of beauty becomes dangerously distorted. They also say that beauty is more than skin deep but history would have us believe that the ideal is not any deeper than medium-beige. But to many Black women, and perhaps even more importantly, young Black girls, who for so long have been told that beauty was not an arena wherein they could feel included, let alone lauded, the current reign of Black beauty queens als what might be considered the shattering of a glass ceiling.

And this recognition of Black beauty on such a large and influential scale is as meaningful as it is momentous. More noticeably however, she was the first dark-skinned Black woman to wear the crown with short, natural and unprocessed hair. Then came another first: taking a stand against prejudiced beauty standards for Black women. I want children to look at me and see my face, and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine. She simply stood out from start to finish. She exuded poise, grace, and charisma. I was 10 years old the first time I entered a beauty ant, and I came in second place.

I never dreamt of being a beauty queen, but I suppose it was easy for me to imagine it because being fair-skinned and one-quarter Chinese in Jamaica meant there was always someone who looked like me competing or winning. And I realized very early that there was something wrong with that p erception of beauty. I can still remember one of the games we would play in primary school. The fair-skinned and mixed-race girls always got chosen first.

This is the long-haired girl you love? And then only later, the dark-skinned girls would be chosen. This is the dry-haired girl you love? I asked a former schoolmate, Rochelle, if she remembered the game. I remember[ed] how I feared the descriptors. From the trauma of slavery and colonization, to the day-to-day toil of simply existing in a vastly anti-Black world, Black women have been left with very little space and opportunity to define beauty for themselves. So, they create it intentionally and unapologetically.

No longer waiting for a seat at the table, but commanding the room. It is important to examine the disturbing history of what is celebrated as beauty in many parts of the world, and how this standard of beauty continues to perpetuate a false ideal at the expense, and to the detriment, of Black women.

In a post-colonial Africa and Caribbean, the ramifications of slavery and colonization have reverberated through the halls of time. Likenesses of both colonizer and colonized have been preserved in genes and passed on through generations, resulting in gradients of skin tones from deep dark to indiscernibly white, and hair textures from pin straight to tightly coiled curls. And where proximity to whiteness remains the yardstick for respectability, desirability and, of course, beauty.

Beauty in predominantly Black countries remains notoriously political, and perhaps the climax of beauty politics in these countries is the selection of who is selected to represent the country on the world stage at an international ant like Miss World or Miss Universe. Since its first international title in , South Africa has won the Miss World title twice and Miss Universe title three times.

Jamaica has won three Miss World titles prior to the current title, all of whom were mixed race or ethnically ambiguous. From the stages of beauty ants and fashion runways to the s and covers of magazines, it has been no secret that Afrocentric beauty has long been relegated to second place. Sometimes quite literally. Black models and even more specifically, dark-skinned Black models are woefully underrepresented in runway lineups. The idea that an unambiguously Black woman in any arena for public consumption cannot appeal to a large audience has been perpetuated since the dawn of modern entertainment.

Consequently, the opportunities for representation of Black beauty have been too few and far between. And the opportunities that do exist often go to fairer-skinned Black women with the need to appease the oppressive white gaze. Black actresses, media personalities, women working in a corporate environment, have all felt the chafe of the Eurocentric beauty ideal.

Tunzi herself has spoken out about the fact the she was encouraged to wear a wig throughout the Miss Universe competition. Kinky, coiled hair is such an immutably natural Black beauty trait yet continues to be policed in workplaces and schools.

Even against rigid confines, Black beauty has flourished. In the last decade, and with the rise of social media, a new generation of pro-Black proponents are embracing their Blackness and, consequently pushing back against oppressive beauty ideals. One microcosm of the current era of pro-Blackness is a growing natural hair movement. In recent years, there have been some notable improvements in the world of beauty ants.

At a time when representation has never been more mainstream, and diversity and inclusion are buzzwords for every big corporation and makeup brand, the needle is moving. But some question whether the societal shift toward inclusion is simply a pendulum swing, or the shift is to create meaningful, sustainable change. Because representation does matter. And every child deserves to see themselves in someone. Whether we like to admit it or not, beauty also matters. We like to be around it. We want to have it. We are willing to pay for it, and we pay big-time. Whether we like to admit it or not, how we see ourselves in proximity to beauty is directly related to our self-esteem.

Not to be conflated with how others see us, but rather, how we ourselves. Oprah once said that if she had seen supermodel Alek Wek on the cover of a magazine when she was growing up, she would have felt beautiful too. Little black girls deserve to see beauty reflected as it is in them. And now they will. My friend and former fellow beauty ant contestant, Lesa, told me she cried when Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe.

Natural hair. Two weeks later, we exchanged excited messages once again as our countrywoman walked away with the Miss World crown. By Alicia Lue Date December 20, Facebook Twitter. Photos: Getty Images They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

This is why everyone should be celebrating the dominance of Black beauty queens: Black girls seeing themselves up on that stage I was 10 years old the first time I entered a beauty ant, and I came in second place. The perception of beauty has been distorted by Eurocentrism It is important to examine the disturbing history of what is celebrated as beauty in many parts of the world, and how this standard of beauty continues to perpetuate a false ideal at the expense, and to the detriment, of Black women.

But Black beauty is rising Even against rigid confines, Black beauty has flourished. Representation matters. Beauty matters too Whether we like to admit it or not, beauty also matters. It is a beautiful time, indeed. Apple App Store. Joseph Media All Rights Reserved.

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