How We See Us vs. How Others See Us

I came across a post by The Good Curl that spoke about the “Brown Paper” syndrome that still seems to be prevalent in the Afro Canadian/Afro Caribbean/Afro American community.  She was not impressed with India Arie’s new album cover, claiming that her skin-tone did not seem to be as dark as it naturally is and challenging India’s foothold on self-acceptance.   She was questioning how black people see each other and themselves.

Just for fun, I did a Google Image Search and found what I like to call “The Many Shades of India.”  Here is just a handful below.  How many can you count?  It’s more than fair to say that the power of lighting is astounding…

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The Many Shades of India
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My response to The Good Curl was that it is often hard for others to see you the way you see yourself.

The same day I read The Good Curl’s post, I saw this on YouTube.

The two couldn’t contrast each other more starkly.  And yet, somehow, they also compliment each other.

Do you see yourself the way others see you?  If not, what’s different?  Do you love yourself as you are or do you wish you were taller/shorter/fatter/skinnier/lighter/darker/kinkier/curlier?

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