How I Discovered My Black is Beautiful

How I Discovered My Black is Beautiful

One Teen Vogue reader documents her road to self-acceptance.

By: Janet Goldsboro, Teen Vogue

When I was younger, I struggled with my self-esteem. I felt God made a mistake when he created me because of my dark features, jet-black hair, full lips, and wide nose. I thought I had to change to be loved.

What else was I supposed to believe? Mainstream media seems to have a pretty good idea of what "beauty" is, and most of the time, that doesn't include me. The reality is, it's a daily struggle for a young black woman like myself to believe that I'm beautiful while I'm living in a whitewashed society. Just think about the scarcity of black models, or the vast underrepresentation of black female leads on network television shows. Compound that with the perceived value of having a "porcelain" complexion and our conditioned notions of what it means to have "good" versus "bad" hair. The way black beauty is dissected, discussed, and scrutinized is enough to leave anyone exhausted…

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