For some women of a brown or darker complexion (myself included), it feels like the celebration of our skin has been a long time coming. In media, many brown women have felt excluded, eliminated and less than. While we can send a sincere thank you to the likes of Shonda Rhimes and Oprah Winfrey for bringing brown women to the forefront of television, we cannot deny the lack of love mainstream America has shown women of darker complexions.
But, as of late, there is something magical happening in media and throughout the digital space amongst Black women.
Maybe it began with Lupita Nyong'o and the excitement her elegant beauty and immaculate talent created on every single red carpet this year. It could also be the fact that Rhimes, a Black female television writer, owns Thursday night TV with her hit shows "Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder." It could also be that two Black actresses, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis, are the leading characters of those hit shows.
No matter the “it” factor that has created this bursting brown girl movement, we’re always happy to see this trickle down and positively affect the confidence of Black women and girls around the world. These factors could have been the ticker for Dr. Yaba Blay to create her new web movement, PrettyPeriod.
A visual tribute and celebration of brown skin, PrettyPeriod is the answer to every backhanded comment that any brown girl or woman has ever received in her life about being pretty or beautiful for a “brown or dark skin girl.” Here, Blay makes it clear that Black women are not pretty by circumstances-- we’re pretty, period.
The beautiful thing about the Internet is that people can create communities for themselves and those alike. So, when Blay decided that it was time to dedicate a positive space to her fellow brown skin women, PrettyPeriod was born.
In just a short period of time, Blay has curated and photographed an enormous amount of brown skin women, celebrating their natural beauty.
PrettyPeriod houses special series such as the Mirror Work, which captures women looking at themselves and praising their natural beauty. Her highly-acclaimed We Are features also showcase beautiful Black women of all shapes, sizes and hues from all over the world.
Here at Centric, we celebrate Black women in all that we do, and Blay does just that. Her dedication to making Black womanhood special, beautiful and known is praiseworthy. We hope you all will check out PrettyPeriod and join the movement to continuously uplift and support the beauty of Black women.
(Photo: Courtesy of prettyperiod.me)