a Vision of Beauty

A visual tribute to brown skin. A visional testament to Black beauty. A vision board for healing.

Hello Dr. Blay,

I’m Hannah Eko, I currently live in Brooklyn, NY and I LOVE your site. I grew up very tall, dark skinned, and Nigerian-American in Orange County, CA. It was fairly rare for my type of “pretty” to be affirmed by my peers. Thankfully,  I was a smart girl and even though I had my bad days, the entirety of “Dark Girls” was NOT my story. I wear red and pink lipstick like it’s my job. I’m now 6’3” and was recently crowned Miss Tall International 2014 :) Today, I am proud of both my height and my skin and wouldn’t change either for the world, but I’m very aware that this isn’t how mainstream beauty guardians may see my presence. In the end, my self-worth and the self-worth of other girls and women who look like me cannot be left up to the decisions of these crowds. We must learn to see our own beauty through our own eyes. This is why  I thank you so much for your work. We all need reminders that we are #prettyperiod. 

Hanna Eko
Miss Tall International 2014
Picture #2 by Diana McClure

Currently enamored by
Nykhor PaulSouth SudanPhoto by: Dapper Lou
#PrettyPeriod
Currently enamored by
Nykhor PaulSouth SudanPhoto by: Dapper Lou
#PrettyPeriod

Currently enamored by

Nykhor Paul
South Sudan
Photo by: Dapper Lou

#PrettyPeriod

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OmniPretty 
Pretty. Period. - Westsiiiiide (Los Angeles, CA)
 
Sola
Los Angeles, CA
Photo Credit: Janet E. Dandridge

OmniPretty 
Pretty. Period. - Westsiiiiide (Los Angeles, CA)
 
Sola
Los Angeles, CA
Photo Credit: Janet E. Dandridge
Pretty. Period. - Westsiiiiide (Los Angeles, CA)
 
Sola
Los Angeles, CA

Photo Credit: Janet E. Dandridge
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Her beauty inspires me. 

Wishing my sister, my friend, my Ghana Girl, my boo, Maame Adjei (Ms. Adjei if ya nasty), the happiest of birthdays! 

"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."

PERIOD!

Viola Davis
Photo Credit: Derek Blanks
"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."

PERIOD!

Viola Davis
Photo Credit: Derek Blanks

"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."

PERIOD!

Viola Davis
Photo Credit: Derek Blanks

MikaeliaKingston, Jamaica
Photo Credit: Sabriya Simon
MikaeliaKingston, Jamaica
Photo Credit: Sabriya Simon

Mikaelia
Kingston, Jamaica

Photo Credit: Sabriya Simon

KamishaBrooklyn, NY
Photo Credit: Sabriya Simon
KamishaBrooklyn, NY
Photo Credit: Sabriya Simon

Kamisha
Brooklyn, NY

Photo Credit: Sabriya Simon