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“You’re pretty for a darkskin girl.”

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Two Sides selfie turned into a meme about beauty in the black race.

“Don’t tell her she’s pretty for a darkskin girl.”

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Original Self Portrait by Nastassia Davis

The image of mine “Two Sides To Every Story” was just recently turned into a meme. The text combined with my selfie pic has created a lot of dialogue raising some important questions on race and beauty. To see some of the comments from people all over the country, click on the top photo.

Here are some of my favorites:

“Ignorance at it’s finest.”-Nikki Brown-Byrant.

“I’m proud that God made me dark skin.”-Taneshia N.Wynn

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there are beautiful women in all races of people and some not so attractive in all races. If everyone looked the same, the world would be a boring place.” – Brenda Bethune

“I hear it all too often…you are pretty to be black (dark skinned) girl!! But the people that say it doesn’t even realize that this stigma stems back all the way to slavery…when our ancestor had children by slave owners.” – April Lucas

Do we know that true beauty is determined by the content of one’s character and not his or her skintone? Too often, I see our youth using this ignorant way of thinking and it’s very upsetting, to say the least. I’ve been working mainly as a sub teacher in the public school district lately, and I see where some students hashtag #teamlightskin #teamdarkskin in their instagram and twitter bios. They don’t even realize they’re perpetuating the same ideals of Willie Lynch, that was intended to hurt our race for generations to come. And when I try to talk to them about it, many of them just shrug it off, make a joke and go to the next simple thing to talk about. THAT’S THE SCARY PART…

How do I get through to them?


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March 14, 2013 at 3:06 am

One Last Hurrah!

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Hello beautiful! Settling on leaves, windows and seagulls, she made quite an entrance this morning.

Snow on branches.

Snow on branches.

Seagulls holding down the fort in the cold snow.

Seagulls holding down the fort in the cold snow.

Snowflake stuck to a window.

Snowflake stuck to a window.

Fresh snow on elder brush.

Fresh snow on elder bush.

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March 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

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“Illusion of Beauty” (Your Reactions)

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As much as I enjoy expressing myself through photography, I also really enjoy the feedback. This isn’t a selfie, but of a model and props from previous work that I chose to help bring the subject of “ideal beauty” to light.  Shot on March 10, 2009 and finished the post-production while living in Switzerland. According to statistics, many young woman in the US struggle with accepting their own bodies as a result to the media and beauty magazines.  Some cool folks on flickr and facebook had thoughts they felt compelled to share. Below are just a few:

Kristof, an interaction designer of Antwerp, Belgium says:

“Great statement!
I love the René Margritte reference and the fact that you are bringing back elements from your previous work.

About the subject… It is amazing how much expensive torture people want to go through.
Most of the time the result after is worse than before.

A good schrink + a good haircut + a good stylist ALWAYS delivers better results and is a lot cheaper!”

Emma Lee, a 15 year old student from Dublin says:

“I was watching a program on this tv channel called Channel 4 called Beauty and The Beast: The Ugly Face of Predjudice. It was where once a week, one beauty obsessed woman who wants to go under the knife to obtain their idea of perfection goes to live with someone with severe facial deformities. It really has a powerful message, just like your photo!
I love the way you deliver such powerful messages.”

Lisa Noble, a photographer, wife and mother from San Francisco Bay Area says:

“Very well conveyed – quite striking. Can you imagine if that 10 billion went to help the medical needs of children in third world countries…”

That notorious hussy Tony, from The U.K England says:

“This is AMAZING!!!”

The great Ben Heine, from Belgium says:

“Brilliant, Dear Nastassia!”

Eline, a photographer from the Netherlands says:

“Wonderful work! Your photos have such a strong and good message!”

Steve says:

“Oh man, my daughter wanted one of these dolls but they were sold out; all the rage this Christmas, lucky you got one :p”


Marcel Hadorn, a great photographer and designer from Switzerland says:

“Great photo-maniuplation and a very creative way to address this problem.”

Frankee, an American singer and songwriter says:

“This mos def shook me up in a good way… ur photos always move me… LOVE THE ATTITUDE u evoked in portraying this message… so pure yet so raw and authentic… love it.”

Michaela says

“i just loooove your work ;-)”

If you have anything else to add, I seriously would like to hear from the rest of you. How does the pressure to look “perfect” affect you, or does it? What do you think it’ll take for society to overcome it’s sick superficial obsession?

Please speak your mind in the comment box below!

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February 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm