Cape Town - The discussion around black features not being celebrated on black women but on other races is one that will probably go on for a while still. But more and more black women in a position to make themselves heard are speaking out against the discrimination.
And their efforts aren’t going unnoticed – Beyoncé’s recent hit, Brown Skin Girl, being a good example.
Now reigning Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, has clapped back at all the negative comments she’s received since being crowned last month. Zozibini decided to “take advantage of the teaching moment” and addressed the hate on Instagram.
“I just want to take a moment to dedicate a post to the unkind comments that I have been receiving about my blackness since my crowning. To comments that are aimed at all brown skinned girls at some point in our lives. Not because it hurts me or gets under my skin, but because I see an opportunity to educate and speak out on a serious issue. When people say hurtful, negative things about black women and black people in general I do not quickly take offense and here’s why,” she began.
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The Eastern Cape-born beauty then wrote of how society has programmed people to believe darker skin isn’t beautiful. “Society has previously been programmed in such a way that there’s nothing beautiful about being black. The furthest you are from being fair skinned the uglier you are. That unfortunately has been the universal standard of beauty and it is very difficult for some people to unlearn it.
“I am going into Miss Universe with hopes to shatter whatever misconception and stereotypes people have of beauty. These comments are exactly why we should keep inserting ourselves in spaces where we have been told we do not belong and we will never make it.
“It is up to us re-write the narrative. To whoever else thinks that black is not beautiful I cannot wait for you to experience the depth and magic of a black woman. I am a daughter of the African soil and I am beautiful. See your face reflected in mine.”