"white girls dipped in chocolate"

For Models, Black Beauty Means White Features
by Tamra Winfrey Harris

In a society that privileges a typically European (read: white) standard of beauty — pale skin, straight hair, slim noses and lips — there is a penalty for being the opposite of that standard, for having physical features common to people with African ancestry. Black people pay the cost for their physicality everywhere from the bedroom — where blackness can reduce a woman’s sexual currency — to the boardroom, where employers develop policies that penalize African-Americans for wearing their hair in natural styles. But in no career is the penalty for “looking black” higher than in fashion, an industry devoted to beauty and to framing, promoting and defending whiteness as its standard.

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About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at Ms.blog, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

One response to “"white girls dipped in chocolate"

  1. Anonymous

    Black girls are simply beautiful. Only a fool would believe, think or feel otherwise.

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