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

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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

Nyla Marie Rockford, Il 
YOU ARE #PrettyPeriod
Nyla Marie Rockford, Il 
YOU ARE #PrettyPeriod

Nyla Marie
Rockford, Il 

YOU ARE #PrettyPeriod

AshleyTexas Born Texas Raised
AshleyTexas Born Texas Raised

Ashley
Texas Born Texas Raised

Ruqaiyah El-AminSt. Louis, MO
Photo Credit: Janice Battle
Ruqaiyah El-AminSt. Louis, MO
Photo Credit: Janice Battle

Ruqaiyah El-Amin
St. Louis, MO

Photo Credit: Janice Battle

ImanNashville, TN
ImanNashville, TN

Iman
Nashville, TN

Tiyatti and her daughter Aniylah  Wilson, NC 
Photo Credit: Amanda Kessler
Tiyatti and her daughter Aniylah  Wilson, NC 
Photo Credit: Amanda Kessler
Tiyatti and her daughter Aniylah  Wilson, NC 
Photo Credit: Amanda Kessler

Tiyatti and her daughter Aniylah 
Wilson, NC 

Photo Credit: Amanda Kessler

Dionne and daughter NaomiWinter Garden, FL
Dionne and daughter NaomiWinter Garden, FL

Dionne and daughter Naomi
Winter Garden, FL

AprylLos Angeles, CA
A recent quad amputee. Living life without limits!
AprylLos Angeles, CA
A recent quad amputee. Living life without limits!
AprylLos Angeles, CA
A recent quad amputee. Living life without limits!

Apryl
Los Angeles, CA

A recent quad amputee. Living life without limits!

HodaMinneapolis, MN
HodaMinneapolis, MN

Hoda
Minneapolis, MN

Liberian schoolchildren from a nearby refugee camp visiting the Cape Coast Dungeon (Ghana) to learn about the slave trade. The girls told us their hairstyle is called “the Rooster.”
June 2014
Photo Credit: Professor Dennis Laumann
Liberian schoolchildren from a nearby refugee camp visiting the Cape Coast Dungeon (Ghana) to learn about the slave trade. The girls told us their hairstyle is called “the Rooster.”
June 2014
Photo Credit: Professor Dennis Laumann

Liberian schoolchildren from a nearby refugee camp visiting the Cape Coast Dungeon (Ghana) to learn about the slave trade. The girls told us their hairstyle is called “the Rooster.”

June 2014

Photo Credit: Professor Dennis Laumann

RaeBrooklyn, NY
RaeBrooklyn, NY
RaeBrooklyn, NY

Rae
Brooklyn, NY