I thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing this insightful, thought-provoking, and extremely relevant article that, in my opinion, isn't spoken of enough. I've definitely felt the affects of both feeling under-represented in the beauty industry as a Black woman, but equally disregarded by some in our own community as a darker-skinned woman. I jokingly tell my girlfriends if I had a dollar for each time a Black man told me, "You're pretty for a dark skin woman" I'd be Oprah...lol. It's a sad state of affairs indeed and had it not been for my mother who constantly affirmed not just outer but inner beauty, I might not have had the confidence to raise my own daughter with self-esteem. This article is incredible and I'd like to mention it in an article I'll be writing this weekend if you don't mind. Thank you so much for writing this.

Mom of 2 amazing humans | Author of 3 books | Speaker | Activist | Creator of Jeanette’s Jewels www.jeanettecespinoza.com

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