Tracee Ellis Ross

“I love my hair because it’s a reflec­tion of my soul. It’s dense, it’s kinky, it’s soft, it’s tex­tured, it’s dif­fi­cult, it’s easy and it’s fun. That’s why I love my hair.”
-Tracee Ellis Ross


“Pret­ty women won­der where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fash­ion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phe­nom­e­nal woman,
That’s me.”
-Maya Angelou


“I cried, I cried… it was such an emo­tion­al expe­ri­ence and it wasn’t just about hair. It was what my per­cep­tion of beau­ty was and had been for all of my life and then I look at myself in the mir­ror and I’m like, ‘That doesn’t look like what I thought was beau­ti­ful.’”
-Tey­on­ah Par­ris on her reac­tion to going nat­ur­al


“When I get up and work out, I’m work­ing out just as much for my girls as I am for me, because I want them to see a moth­er who loves them dear­ly, who invests in them, but who also invests in her­self. It’s just as much about let­ting them know as young women that it is okay to put your­self a lit­tle high­er on your pri­or­i­ty list.”
-Michelle Oba­ma

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“I’m glad that Shon­da Rhimes saw me and said “Why not?” That’s what makes her a vision­ary. That’s what makes her icon­ic. I think that beau­ty is sub­jec­tive. I’ve heard that state­ment [less clas­si­cal­ly beau­ti­ful] my entire life. Being a dark-skinned black woman, you heard it from the womb. And “clas­si­cal­ly not beau­ti­ful” is a fan­cy term for say­ing ugly. And denounc­ing you. And eras­ing you. Now … it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now. It’s about teach­ing a cul­ture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you.”
-Vio­la Davis


“I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives with­in”


“Nev­er in a mil­lion years did I think that I would see a young black girl want­i­ng to look like me.”
-Janelle Mon­ae


“The ques­tion why I would let Wil­low cut her hair. First the ‘let’ must be chal­lenged. This is a world where women, girls are con­stant­ly remind­ed that they don’t belong to them­selves; that their bod­ies are not their own, nor their pow­er or self deter­mi­na­tion. I made a promise to endow my lit­tle girl with the pow­er to always know that her body, spir­it and her mind are her domain.” “Wil­low cut her hair because her beau­ty, her val­ue, her worth is not mea­sured by the length of her hair.”
-Jada Pin­kett Smith

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“No, I’m not the most beau­ti­ful per­son in the world. Some peo­ple think I’m ugly. Some peo­ple think I’m okay. You have to love who you are for who you are. I nev­er knock peo­ple for their choic­es but I don’t ever want to aug­ment who I am. What I look like and who I am was a gift from my par­ents and if I want to change that it’s kind of like slap­ping them in the face. I always want to be true to who I am because it’s my her­itage. Even if it’s not the most beau­ti­ful, it’s his­to­ry and my fam­i­ly his­to­ry. Beau­ty is how you make peo­ple feel about them­selves.”
-Whit­ney White (Nap­tural85), from an inter­view with


“My com­plex­ion had always been an obsta­cle to over­come and all of a sud­den, Oprah was telling me it wasn’t. It was per­plex­ing and I want­ed to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduc­tion of inad­e­qua­cy. But a flower couldn’t help but bloom inside of me. When I saw Alek [Wek] I inad­ver­tent­ly saw a reflec­tion of myself that I could not deny. Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appre­ci­at­ed by the far away gate­keep­ers of beau­ty, but around me the pref­er­ence for light skin pre­vailed. To the behold­ers that I thought mat­tered, I was still unbeau­ti­ful. And my moth­er again would say to me, “You can’t eat beau­ty. It doesn’t feed you.” And these words plagued and both­ered me; I didn’t real­ly under­stand them until final­ly I real­ized that beau­ty was not a thing that I could acquire or con­sume, it was some­thing that I just had to be.”
-Lupi­ta Nyong’o

Which quote res­onates with you most? Why?

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[…] it didn’t stop me from con­tin­u­ing my nat­ur­al hair jour­ney. Tracee Ellis Ross beau­ti­ful­ly stat­ed, “I love my hair because it’s a reflec­tion of my soul. It’s dense, it’s kinky, it’s soft, i… Suc­cess women like her and so many oth­ers make me want to con­tin­ue to be me and love what grows out […]


I real­ly liked hear­ing Lupi­ta Nyong’o voice as maz kana­ta in The Force Awak­ens


I hon­est­ly teared up with the Janelle gifs. To have black girls who imag­ine their beau­ty in the face of anoth­er black woman. POWERFUL. I’m sor­ry, there’s some­thing in my eye…


We need more posts like this. Thank you BGLH from a dark skinned girl thats accept­ing her­self.


The quote by Maya and Lupi­ta and Vio­la.

Con­ven­tion­al stan­dards of beau­ty are designed to divide and injure. To the extent that beau­ty stan­dards are con­struct­ed along racial lines, they are poi­so­nous to women of col­or. I choose to define beau­ty as inner beau­ty; any oth­er def­i­n­i­tion is use­less to me. Whitney’s com­ments made me a bit sad. Although she’s say­ing that she is com­fort­able with falling out­side of the norm, she seems to be implic­it­ly val­i­dat­ing com­ments about her not being beau­ti­ful. She should feel enti­tled to claim being beau­ti­ful if she feels that she is, not because soci­ety tells her she’s beau­ti­ful. Soci­ety may nev­er val­i­date… Read more »

These are all beau­ti­ful >< so won­der­ful to read first thing in the morn­ing. I feel inspired now


This was such a won­der­ful post