I envied many things growing up, but blonde hair was never one of them. I was still very young when my mother told me about her grandmother, a Native American woman who came to Texas in a covered wagon. My mom and her siblings would spend time with her in the summers at tent revivals and at night, they would watch as she sat in her nightgown and pulled her dark hair down from on top of her head and comb through the length of it.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that other girls wanted blonde hair, and I understood why. I would lay by the pool and study the light and dark tones streaked through my best friend’s fair hair in the summertime sun. But while brown hair made many girls feel ordinary, my dark hair made me feel special. It made me tangibly feel the Native American blood running through my veins and connected me to this mysterious woman long ago with such an adventurous story.
As the world becomes more globalized and mass media slowly unifies us in our pursuit toward a generic brand of “beauty”, the things that make us unique lose their luster and warmth. The porcelain skin of a Japanese woman, the wild and lively curls of an Ethiopian woman, the voluptuous curves of a Brazilian woman, the magical, fairy-like coloring of the Icelandic, the Indian woman with eyes so rich and dark you get lost in them or the strong angled profile of the Persian woman. The list goes on and on.
Last year, women from all over the U.S. joined Darling’s Beauty Revolution and went barefaced on social media to honor true beauty. This year, we are celebrating the physical attributes given to us by our heritage that lie outside the most universal beauty models. Here’s how to join: take a selfie on New Year’s Day and tell us what it is about your own brand of beauty that makes you different. Maybe it’s something you’ve had to overcome, something you were teased about as a kid, or something that you’ve always seen as beautiful about yourself. Help us change the conversation when it comes to beauty and how we perceive it. Tag #darlingbeautyrev to let us know you’ve joined the revolution and share it on your social media of choice.
See you January 1st!
Also check out “Global Beauty” on page 140 of issue number six for an in-depth look at ways to embrace the ethnic components of our own physicality.