Whoever said dark is not beautiful?
The Nigerian presidential election took place yesterday and I was fortunate to be one of the INEC ad-hoc staff during the election.
At the polling unit I was sent to, I noticed most of the women were bleached with unnaturally horrible looking skins(no offence intended) which is obviously as a result of using cheap bleaching creams. And they were all heavily made-up in a sad way, both young and old.
There was this particular old woman who was all bleached with a terrible skin and an equally terrible looking makeup and you could just see she was trying so hard to hold on to her youth. It was a really sad sight to behold!
Then I saw an old schoolmate who used to be dark and beautiful but now fair with the ‘coke and fanta effect’ and I could just imagine her skin few years from now. Really sad!
I don’t know if it’s only in my town that most of the women especially those in their 30s and 40s are all wrongly bleached, always wearing ridiculously excessive makeup with the horrible ‘fashion gone-wrong’ hair and clothes that are supposed to make them look younger but instead make them look like circus queens(no offence intended).
I’m honestly not criticizing them, I just really feel sad for them and angry at whoever told them that they have to be fair and made-up to be beautiful.
Who set this benchmark for beauty?
Who said a woman cannot age gracefully?
Why do ladies put pressure on themselves to be young and fair?
Who did this to us?
I am dark and beautiful and there is nothing anyone can say to me to make believe otherwise.
I am confident in the gorgeous woman God made me to be.
I almost never wear makeup and I deliberately refuse to be intimidated by all the sometimes perfectly made-up faces around me and desperately refuse to settle for all the cheap beauty products in the market that make some women who try their best to fit in with the society’s definition of beauty look like colourful masquerades.
My benchmark for beauty is this-I am made
wonderfully made and I am created in the image of my Heavenly Father.
I keep in my mind that I don’t have to turn myself into something God never imagined when he was creating me, in order to look like the people on TV or fit into society’s standard.
God did not design our skins for cheap chemicals.
Dear beautiful woman,
Build your confidence in who God made you to be.
You are beautiful and gorgeous just the way you are.
Don’t let society define beauty for you.
Look into your mirror everyday and tell yourself, I am beautifully made in the image of my Heavenly Father(whether your mirror agrees with you or not) because in the end, people see you the way you see yourself! (If you are insecure and have to hide behind makeup, people will see that).
I am beautiful just the way I am and so are you!
P. S. If you must makeup or bleach, then by all means go for quality and if you can’t afford quality, love yourself enough to build your confidence in your God-given looks.