When I read the CNN headline some might find it surprising that I was at a loss for words. For the first time in a long time someone who looks like me is considered the most beautiful woman in the world.
Now don’t get me wrong, us brown girls have always been attractive, but I admit it feels nice that the rest of the world is finally honoring the beauty that has always been there.
You don’t need anyone to tell you are appealing. You don’t need anyone to tell you are smart, yet it’s a beautiful thing when everyone recognizes the same truth. And the truth is that regardless of how light or dark your skin may be you’re beautiful, because every human being is made in God’s image.
I know some of you are rolling your eyes right now saying, “It’s just a magazine, you’re getting to deep!” But I’m not. The issue of Colorism is alive and well and if you read or hear any of Lupita’s interviews, you would know that PEOPLE Magazine’s most beautiful woman of 2014 struggled with complexion confidence just as many of us do.
At the Black Women in Hollywood luncheon Lupita shared, “I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful,” she said. “I put on the TV and only saw pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin.”
She only equated beauty to what the world shows as beauty, “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” she says. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”
And even though we possess, beauty, intelligence, boldness and faith we allow others to tell us what we are and what we can become. Even if you have a positive view of yourself, most of us are still going off the positivity that someone else is giving us instead of believing for yourself.
Lupita said that her mother, “always said I was beautiful, and I finally believed her at some point.”
And I finally believed her at some point means that Lupita eventually realized for herself that she was no mistake. Her design is as it was always meant to be, and so is yours.
God did not forget to paint our canvases and left us dark. We are living art displaying the magnificence of when light decides to kiss your skin. And it’s imperative every day that you breathe you realize this for yourself.
I find Lupita Nyong’o named PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful Person, inspiring and hopefully it inspires you to recognize your beauty and worth helping you to embrace light more as you continue life’s journey.
Here Lupita’s thought on her being People’s Most Beautiful Person below: