As a young black girl in America, colorism has affected me deeply. I’m 16-years-old. Often times in media, if there was a black girl that was considered attractive, she was light skin with long loose curly hair, as opposed to my brown skin and kinky hair that never seemed to grow.
My parents are from Guinea, so my siblings and I are the first generation to be born here in the U.S. More times than not, we clash due to our different cultural experiences. While they’re traditional, they want me to be modest, be great at domestic chores, and marry. While I’m exposed to a different culture, I want more for myself than to wash dishes for a husband.
When I’m out of school, I wish to become a journalist. Hopefully, I can be editor in chief of a black fashion magazine while I’m at it also.