Skin Color and Dress Shopping
I am brown skinned. I wish I was a bit darker because it makes ME personally shine. My eyes look bolder, my hair looks darker, and I look like a beautiful espresso bean.
But shopping for a dress in a South Asian area I was told to wear light colors because I am darker, and not dark colors cause it will make me look darker. I didn’t mind because these folks come from a different culture with a different view on beauty. And I didn’t mind because I love my beautiful dark skin that my dad gave me (surprisingly my Trinidadian mother is Tan at most) I understand that bright colors make darker skin pop, makes your skin color shine and compliment it. But I know that’s not why they are saying it. They are saying it because they don’t want their daughters to be ALL dark. They can’t help their skin color, but they can help what they wear. But what if they said this to a young girl who is insecure? It breaks my heart.
South Asian Mothers: Never tell your dark skinned daughter not to wear dark colors because it makes her look darker. Tell her she is beautiful no matter what shade her skin is. You know why?
Because she is.