Last week black beauty came under attack yet again.
M.A.C Cosmetics posted the photo above on their Instagram page to promote their Royal Romance lipstick. At first glance, the average person would delight in seeing those gorgeous, perfectly proportioned, full, heart shaped lips. Yet this photo was bombarded with racist comments.
M.A.C responded with this statement: “M.A.C stands for and respects All Ages, All Races, All Sexes. We do not tolerate any abusive comments in our community.” The brand’s Instagram bio too reflect the same stance: “The Official M∙A∙C Cosmetics Instagram. All Ages, All Races, All Sexes.”
This incident comes as no surprise since Eurocentric beauty standards still reign supreme and there are still a bunch of fools online with nothing better to do but spread hate. But you would think in an era where Kylie Jenner could create a lip kit and sell out of it in a matter of minutes all thanks to her silicone injected pout, black women would finally get the praise they deserve. But hey, we can’t expect ignorant racists to appreciate us. They have a job to do.
Since we’re on the tip of not allowing negativity to control our emotions, we delighted in @PrettyPeriod365’s call to have black women post photos of their beautiful lips under the hashtag #PrettyLipsPeriod. We also took the time to look up a few poems that make mention of our gorgeous full lips and our beauty overall, because you know, we have been the subject of some of the most beautifully written words time and again. Let’s face it, we’re freakin’ phenomenons and there are people who will never admit or accept that fact. So to hell with them. Bask in the words of the poets we highlight below and remember to blow air kisses to the haters who are clearly obsessed with your beauty.
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
Dear Black woman,
Your smooth chocolate overflows through your veins
Your crimson white teeth shine every time you adjust the circumference of your lips
Your long black hair – thick, coarse and nappy
Your hips curved to an angle no ruler can measure.
Dear Black Woman, author unknown
The shape of her lips lingers a man’s attention
But her dialogue is what holds his interest
Inamorata, with hips more figured than a cursive 8
She can calculate his intentions to divide and multiply
By any means of sequence
Because her breasts are filled with the curiosity to make a man think
His hands must be the missing piece to her physique
Beautiful Black Women, Temi Coker
I sat on the throne
Drinking nectar with Allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to Europe
To cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is Nefertiti
The tears from my birth pains
Created the Nile
I am a beautiful woman
Ego Tripping, Nikki Giovanni
From the sands of EGYPT you rose
Coffee and carmel coated
From your head to your toes
Made of mud with perfect curvatures
No need for clothes
Naturally strong hair
Full lips and nose
THE BLACK WOMAN, Tony B. Conscious
I am a black woman
tall as a cypress
beyond all definition still
on me and be
I Am A Black Woman, Mari Evans