Last year, I was planning to take a 6 week vacation out of the country. I know, how can a vacation be that long? When an African mother is paying, she strives to make every dollar count. My friends and I decided to spend some quality time together by going to the movies. The irony. However, we were divided between Hunger Games and 12 years a Slave. Hunger games won. Three days later, I was out of the country, not to return till the following year. Apparently, while I was gone the supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o became an overnight sensation.
As I scrolled down my timeline on Facebook, news feed on Instagram and dashboard on Tumblr, I can't help to join the millions captivated by Lupita. She is a fresh new face to the scene. She has an amazing undercover stylist, who knows what it takes to make heads turn. She seems to be innocent as she is just happy to be a part of the ride, enjoying every minute. She is an unconventional beauty. You can't help, but be to drawn to her.
As I read the captions under her pictures, I soon found myself falling out of my daze and sinking back to reality.
For dark-skinned brown girls everywhere. Your beauty is important.
Words can not even begin how this amazing lady has liberated dark beauties around the globe.
Black is beautiful
When did Lupita become the spokeswoman for dark skinned girls? I don't recall nominating her to speak for me. Lupita is not my spokeswoman. She is not my advocate. She is not my representative to society, that dark skinned girls are human beings and deserve to be apart of society. I don't need Lupita to tell me I'm beautiful, despite what society dictates. If you use her as a way to receive validation from others, then I'm sorry to say, but that validation is in vain and it will not last long.
She is only a reminder. A simple reminder. A reminder that my Father is, was and shall always be an amazing artist. He is able to take what the world deemed unworthy and mold it into perfection.
Genesis 1:27 New International Version
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
His own image. HIS. Not their own image. He created you the way He seemed fit. Are we questioning God’s decision when we questioning our appearance?
Psalm 139:14 New International Version
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Do you really need another human being to make you see that you were always beautiful or do you need to realize that you were created in the Father's image? My heavenly Father is my spokesman, for He is the one with a louder voice, that has the final say
*Disclaimer: I love her. I love her outfits more. This isn't me bashing her. She is amazing, because Jesus died for her :) *