A new documentary, Dark Girls, airs this Sunday on OWN; the film celebrates dark-skinned females and explores emotionally heartfelt stories of women who have been discriminated against due to the color of their skin. Because it is rare to see a truly dark-skinned woman on television, many girls may feel that lighter skin is more “acceptable” and fits the conventional mold of beauty.
Yes, we have black powerhouses that we all know and adore: Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and the list goes on and on. However, very rarely do we see a DARK-skinned woman on television or in music, and that’s just unreal. Why are these women underrepresented? Where are they?
Let’s celebrate these amazing ladies; these women are hard-working, brilliant and GORGEOUS! Let’s start with:
1. Tika Sumpter
Tika, a TV and film star, resonates with Dark Girls, recalling times when she felt rejected because of how dark her skin is. She’s had guys tell her, “I usually don’t date dark-skin women, but you’re so beautiful” and these cruel statements once took a toll on her self-confidence. Now, she embraces her gorgeous skin color and herself. The former Gossip Girl actress used to receive a ton of letters each week just thanking her for existing, that they had never seen a woman who looked like her on television before. That’s powerful.
2. Jessica White
Jessica was scouted when she was just 13 years old, and after only modeling for one week, her first job was an editorial for Vogue. By the age of 17, she was everywhere, walking the runways and modeling for cosmetics companies.
3. Serena Williams
Girl has won FOUR Olympic gold medals! Serena is an amazing woman to look up to; she received a Celebrity Role Model Award from Avon Foundation in 2003 for her work in breast cancer, and she is always involved with community centers for at-risk youth.
4. Serena Reeder
Serena is an up-and-coming theatre, film, and television actor and screenwriter. You might have seen her in The Bucket List, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ or Weapons. She graduated from the Julliard School with a B.F.A. just as her career started picking up.
5. Mari Agory
Sudanese model Mari Agory knows how to work it. All of her modeling shots are stunning and emphasize on her rich dark color and amazing body.
Um, Donna is my favorite part about Parks and Rec. Donna may be my favorite fictional character in the world. She’s fashionable, sassy, and doesn’t put up with any B.S. The actress who plays Donna (Retta) is freaking hilarious. Have you seen her stand-up on Comedy Central?! Amaze.