Women are always asking me, “Dorothy-Inez, do you ever take a bad picture?” The answer is, “Yes!” like any other woman who has done a photoshoot, I used to go through tons of photos before I would finally get to a “YES!” After years of practice and thousands of photos, I can say I have mastered the Art of Selfies and being in front of the camera. I have learned my best angles, which side I need to stand for a duo/group photo, how to use light and doing my makeup. For many woman, taking selfies seems somewhat vain and very uncomfortable. Younger women don’t seem to have as much of a issue with selfies as women 35+ do. I really believe it has a lot to mindset and self-image.
I just watched a movie, called “Dark Girls” on Netflix focused on the plight of dark-skinned African American girls and women.
Many memories resurfaced as I was reminded of the pain I felt from being bullied because I was “light-skinned” and the pain my sister felt who is “dark-skinned.” My bullying eventually stopped but my sister’s has continued throughout her life even into her profession. Growing-up she was constantly made to feel inferior, teased about her hair, complexion and rejected NOT because of who she was, but because of her skin.