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What happened was, I tired of having a super short list of black actors/models I knew who could play a credible-looking Storm/Ororo Munroe. I hit the modeling sites, and would right-click pictures of photogenic black women. And occasionally, I'd see an Asian (usually East Asian) model and I'd take a photo of her. And then, I saw Kajol in KKHH and thought, "Wow, a brown-skinned beauty that reminds me of me!" Dreamy eyes, heavy thighs, slightly haphazard grooming, and all. It was nice to see women that were beautiful in the way I'm beautiful rather than beautiful while being stick-like/starved-looking who were richly dressed and physically active. So I started right-clicking those. And also, I figured that the subcontinent was crawling with dark-skinned women who know their way around a makeup tray, so maybe I should study the variety of looks employed on making them up so I could better work what I had going for me in the looks department. Because, let's face it, American media wasn't helping me develop a repertoire of looks because even while I've got a cute figure and a great face, I'm full figured and dark. As a friend sometimes says, "Let's face it, if you're a white woman and you're not blonde, that's problematic. So what are the rest of us supposed to do? Let it be understood that nobody, except for a very few, are allowed to have natural hair."

Rather than bitch about it, I elected to give my attention to pretty poc. Eventually, I made The Dailies as an index of pictures of poc I found gorgeous.

I found that it did my inner eye, and the two physical ones, a world of good to look on pictures of poc. It could very well help people who claim, "I'm just not attracted to them" figure out what beauty really means to them apart from their ingrained prejudices. Go look, join up, open your eyes. There are many different ways to be beautiful.

[livejournal.com profile] crantz hosts my picture sites (yay Crantz!) and I <3 him for it.

Anyway, link to the site, do not hotlink, and advise people to go there and look, really look and try and see what's pictured and feel whatever feelings they have about that. Many many many people are afflicted with the, "If you're white, you're alright; if you're brown stick around; and if you're black get back" disease. Heal yourself. Find the sore spot on your chest (3 inches down from the u in your clavicle and 3 inches over from that) and while rubbing it say "I am so grateful that I can see the beauty in what's in front of me" or "I am so grateful that I can really see what's in front of me".

Pass this on. Maybe it'll help with the darkside of being colorblind.

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Date: 2007-04-15 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yeloson.livejournal.com
It could very well help people who claim, "I'm just not attracted to them" figure out what beauty really means to them apart from their ingrained prejudices.

Those who say such things are usually not very good at figuring out what anything really means :/

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Date: 2007-04-15 05:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] skywardprodigal.livejournal.com
You've got a point. But I think, it's good anyway. A good friend I know will point poc who have certain issues to the dailies. And sometimes, when those poc go from, "Let's face it. We're just not that cute" to "maybe I have a problem."

I mean, there are so many white folks who think Alek Wek is gorgeous, but say her name around some groups of poc and peole will get gas face. :(

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Date: 2007-04-15 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roguewords.livejournal.com
I like seeing your posts. Like you said: It was nice to see women that were beautiful in the way I'm beautiful rather than beautiful while being stick-like/starved-looking who were richly dressed and physically active.

Just because I happen to be white doesn't mean that I fit anywhere in what "mainstream America" considers to be beautiful. I'm pale, I have freckles, I'm curvy - my way of putting it :) - my hair is red to brown depending upon the day. *shrugs* I try not to let that bother me. Because I know that J thinks I'm beautiful, that my friends think I'm cute.

What makes me truly happy about you have this great website, is if I need a certain look for a show or whatever, I can come, look around, and find some one who depicts that look with ease. Rather than what's available in magazines and such. So thank you for having such a forum.

*hugs*

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Date: 2007-04-15 05:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] skywardprodigal.livejournal.com
Just because I happen to be white doesn't mean that I fit anywhere in what "mainstream America" considers to be beautiful.

Yep. It's pretty sick, isn't it? I remember the first time I saw Kate Winslet in Titanic and I was like, "That's my body!" And I was talking to a couple of girls from Central Asia and they nodded vigorously because, just so.

Well, pretty is pretty, right? But some sorts are really undervalued. Or valued for jacked up reasons.

*hgus*

You're very welcome, btw. I put that up there because I wanted to get the diversity within certain groups.

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Date: 2007-04-15 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roguewords.livejournal.com
Well, pretty is pretty, right? But some sorts are really undervalued. Or valued for jacked up reasons.

Exactly! I've never understood why Person X should be deemed "prettier" than Persons A, B, C, or D just because Person X has blonde hair, blue eyes and weighs the same as some of my 4 year olds. (ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but still.)

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Date: 2007-04-16 03:43 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] skywardprodigal.livejournal.com
Exactly! I've never understood why Person X should be deemed "prettier" than Persons A, B, C, or D just because Person X has blonde hair, blue eyes and weighs the same as some of my 4 year olds.

Hee!

I think that has to do with marketing and stupidity. In some respects, marketing is literally "smart money". But in others, it blinds people to all kinds of beautiful, and, it predicates beauty on artifice. While a gorgeous natural blonde is a)gorgeous and b) blonde, I'm not so sure that's better than any other kind of gorgeous.

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Date: 2007-04-16 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamingdarlin.livejournal.com
Amen to that! I've personally been enamoured of dark skinned people forever, partly because I felt my mother, being very light skinned, was a bit of a race snob. I will never forget my children's friends making fun of a very dark skinned boy, a mutual friend of theirs too. I made sure they all knew his skin was beautiful and it really was, just as smooth and dark and rich. My children always knew how I felt so they never made fun of him but the others, I wondered had no one ever told them you don't have to be light skinned or caramel to be beautiful? To me that's heartbreaking.

I wish we could all appreciate a person's color as well as their personality rather than immediate looks. It's a sad reality though so I'm always glad to see the mixture of races you show and I'm always intrigued by the people I've never heard of or seen before. Just so many out there that one doesn't know about and they're just as beautiful if not more so than the typical blonde. So good for you. Keep doing what you're doing, sharing the love!

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Date: 2007-04-16 03:48 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] skywardprodigal.livejournal.com
I wondered had no one ever told them you don't have to be light skinned or caramel to be beautiful? To me that's heartbreaking.


Probably not. I remember an Oromo friend of mine being livid when she learned that in America, black people hated dark brown skin. We had a mutual friend who was suffering because of rejection and disrespect from other black folk on campus clowning her on account of her being the blackest black person that was a student...And she, the Oromo chick, was all upset because once she'd looked into it she'd realized that nearly all the black actresses and models, while black, were of, um, a uniform hue. That really bugged her. She was literally shaking with rage when she told me about it. She was all, "R, did you know about this?!" And she was asking me because I'm not African-American. I had to clue her into the sometimes-deadly color politics of Haiti. And also, the own crap I'd caught within my family for my skin color, and really, I'm not that dark. :/ So imagine someone who is a 'respectable' brown.

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