That’s it people the campaign has come to an end! It all started with “You are Pretty! You Know, For a Black Girl” and “You Insta Pics Look Pretty! You Know, For a Black Girl.” And here we are another 9 campaign posts later! I never thought so many people would be so affected by this and how many messages and comments I would get! So to round things up we are ending with how we started and talking about black skin and beauty.
Meet Essian Thomas. Our campaign face if you will.
Essian for me embodies everything that my original post was about. And damn girl. She is beautiful. So instead of the usual lay out, as we have already spoken about race and beauty previously, we are going to share something a little different with you. This is Essian’s spoken word which she performed at UCL for a BME event. And I think it just says it all.
She looks in the mirror and starts to cry,
Why was I born with such big thighs?
Why is my nose to wide?
My lips so full,
My hair so wild?
Couldn’t I have had lighter skin,
Loser curls, thinner thighs,
Hair he could ‘run his hands through’,
She sits down on the side of her bed,
Staring into space 10, 20, 30….. 60 minutes go by.
She gets up and looks in the mirror again and starts to cry.
This time what she sees, does not cause her pain but gives her pride,
She sees pure beauty.
She accepts that she was born with beautiful features,
Her thighs that give her extra curve ,
Her plump natural lips that many desire,
And pay to get,
Never quite reacting the natural beauty of hers,
Her hair that defies gravity,
that takes any style God’s gift to her.
But most of all she cries with joy,
When she looks in her eyes and sees all those beautiful women before her,
Holding her high,
Giving her the strength to face another day,
She cries harder when she truly takes the time to see what all those beautiful women had passed on to her.
And determination to make it through.
She stands up straight,
Picks up her bag,
And opens the door,
Ready to face the world.
Ready to face the constant criticism,
Of her hair, her body and question of her wisdom,
She knows the truth.
Her beauty is envied and desired.
he walks tall knowing that she represents true beauty,
Own what you’ve got.
Essian Thomas is funny, intelligent, beautiful, kind, independent, strong, loving. Essian Thomas is Pretty! You Know, For Any Kind Of Girl.
Don’t forget to check out our last campaign post; You are Pretty! You Know, For a Slut.
You can hit Essian up on insta; @essialian