In this year of 2009, are darker-skinned or shorter/natural haired African Americans portrayed as being beautiful in the media?I am the mother of a beautiful dark-skinned African American daughter...

In this year of 2009, are darker-skinned or shorter/natural haired African Americans portrayed as being beautiful in the media?

I am the mother of a beautiful dark-skinned African American daughter whose hair is naturally kinky at a medium length. She attends school with students of various nationalities. Lately my daughter has been coming home from school asking why does she have to be so dark and how come her hair is not as long as Hanna Montana's or Beyonce! No matter how much I educate her on the African American culture and constantly tell her how beautiful she is, it does not satisfy her!

One problem that I noticed is that there are not a lot of dark skinned women being portrayed as beautiful on television. When you hear of beauty of an African American woman, she is typically light skinned with a long weave. Where are our dark-skinned women. They too, are beautiful! Little dark skinned girls should not want to look like their light skinned counterparts because that is who they see on tv. They also need to see dark-skinned women being portrayed as beautiful on tv.

What are your thoughts about the portrayal of beauty in the African American culture?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Beauty is relevant.  95% of beauty is self-confidence.  Look at Tracy Chapman.  She isn't necessarily gorgeous by society's standards, but she is definitely beautiful in her confidence and musical defiance. 

Women of all ages, colors, hairstyles, etc. need to embrace the beauty of being female and not allow society and the media to tell us we aren't "good enough".  We need to teach ourselves and our daughters to value ourselves and other women...not judge and belittle our sisters on this earth.

I am a teacher of high school students and I think all my girls are beautiful regardless of their shade of skin, hair type, or hair length/color.  Teach your daughters to love who they are for their special talents and the beauty within as well as on the outside.

Maybe First Lady Michelle Obama and her girls will help encourage this for the future of our young American ladies.

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In this year of 2009, are darker-skinned or shorter/natural haired African Americans portrayed as being beautiful in the media?

I am the mother of a beautiful dark-skinned African American daughter whose hair is naturally kinky at a medium length. She attends school with students of various nationalities. Lately my daughter has been coming home from school asking why does she have to be so dark and how come her hair is not as long as Hanna Montana's or Beyonce! No matter how much I educate her on the African American culture and constantly tell her how beautiful she is, it does not satisfy her!

One problem that I noticed is that there are not a lot of dark skinned women being portrayed as beautiful on television. When you hear of beauty of an African American woman, she is typically light skinned with a long weave. Where are our dark-skinned women. They too, are beautiful! Little dark skinned girls should not want to look like their light skinned counterparts because that is who they see on tv. They also need to see dark-skinned women being portrayed as beautiful on tv.

What are your thoughts about the portrayal of beauty in the African American culture?

I too am the mother of a beautiful African American young lady. I am considered light and she is very dark. Unfortunately, this has been a problem in our country for years. There are so few dark, short haired women in the media, that I can't even think of one. My daughter is so beautiful that when she cut her shoulder length hair to a fade, people asked if she was a model. But as she was growing up, boys called her "blue-black" and monkey. These were African Americans who called her this.  We moved to Texas her junior year in high school, and she discovered that she is beautiful. All the guys ask her out. It may very well be the area of the country that you live in. When we lived in California, she was teased. Now that we are in Texas, she is almost envied.  Go figure. :-)

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