Asa Lovechild:The Light And Dark Of It Brandy Speaks On Embracing Brown Skin

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brandy326Brandy recently sat down with EUR associate CNikky at the launch event for  the BET hit show, The Game. Hitting on several topics, CNikky asked Brandy to comment on Kelly Rowland’s  honesty about loving the skin she was in. Back in March, CNikky asked Rowland how she learned to appreciate her brown skin. Rowland told EUR,  “You know what I had great women in my life to help me overcome that. I remember I went through a period where I didn’t embrace my chocolatiness. I don’t know if that’s a word, but I didn’t embrace my chocolate lifestyle. Just being a chocolate, lovely brown skin girl and being proud of that.  I remember being out in the sun and I was trying to shield myself from the sun and [Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles] said, ‘Are you crazy?’ She said ‘You are absolutely gorgeous’ and she just told me how beautiful I was and how rare chocolate is and how gorgeous the skin is, all of this stuff. And I was just like ‘Yeah!’ Like a light went off and so and my mother had me sitting out in the sun a little more, just to be a little more chocolate.”

When asked about her own struggle with embracing her brown skin and how she felt about what Rowland had to say, Brandy said, “Absolutely.  Just…my mom used to always say, you know Brandy you have a unique beauty.  You know it wasn’t the typical what you see on magazines.  You know just having far apart eyes and having different features, you know, high cheek bones and different things you kinda have to grow into. I definitely struggled with that.  I didn’t think I was you know cute for a very long time.  But, I know it’s kinda cliche’ to say that inner beauty it comes from within.  But, it really does.  When you work on yourself and when you take care of yourself and take care of your body, you grow into your beauty.  You realize that no one looks like you, no one can be you, no one is you but you. And you really connect with that and embrace that.  You know it took a long time to get to that point, but I definitely feel where Kelly is coming from.  You would never think, cause’ I’ve known Kelly for a very, very long time and she always seem to be so…..not only confident but she was always beautiful within. So it just always…showed through her eyes and through her smile and everything.  You never would’ve known that.  And I’m just glad that she’s able to not only recognize her inner beauty but recognize her outer beauty.  Because you are a BAD You know what!  I don’t wanna say it on camera!”

Celebrities like Brandy and Kelly Rowland speak for  millions of brown skin girls all over the world. Coming into the industry, a brown skin girl already has what could be seen as a strike against them because of the color of their skin. Many dark skin girls have to be twice as good to achieve the successful heights that their lighter hued or Caucasian colleagues have achieved. These two ladies have proven that against all obstacles they are beautiful smart and deserving to be in the position that they are in as celebrities.  The real work, however, starts in the home. It is up to parents to teach young girls of color to embrace the skin that they were born in regardless of whether they are light or dark. If it is left up to the mainstream media, who tends to manipulate and demean our images in magazines and other media outlets, young women would be doomed.

Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City and a supporter of  One Billion Rising

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