Dear Brown Girl,
Why are you weeping? Your tears of inadequacies are warranted as the world tells you your skin is too dark, your nose is too wide, your lips are too big and your hair is unruly. You cry for the lack of seeing those who look like you in ads, magazines, movies and television. Your tears are valid and necessary but I am here to tell you, you won’t be crying long.
With every year older and every crush unfulfilled you began to doubt your beauty, worth and willingness to be loved. With every “You’re pretty for a dark skin girl” you started to compare your beauty to the lighter skin women around you. Thinking their beauty was more substantial as their sentence ended with a period after pretty.
You don’t know it now but you are a woman after God’s own heart. He chose you before the creation of the world to be His. He loves you more than you know and is with you even when you think He’s nowhere to be found. He sees you, He loves you and He guides you to be the woman you thought you’d never become.
You grow up to be a woman who loves her beauty and what it adds to the world even when the world doesn’t appreciate it. You grow up wanting other women to know their validity so they may not shed the tears you have shed so many times. You grow up to be a beautiful dark skin woman with big hair, a wide nose and big lips. Some days are a struggle but it gets easier to see the beauty that others don’t see. Your struggle with validity is one that will eventually end, there is light at the end of the tunnel. So stand up, wipe your tears, put on your favorite outfit and get ready to take the world by storm.