Post Number: 13
|Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 03:33 pm: |
In an ideal women would be free of ALL beauty standards.
There DEFINITLY should be a REDEFINING of black beauty ideals (including facial features and body types) without the influence of white supremist ideology. Having said that, there is such physical diversity amongst 'authentic' Africans themselves that, pre Arab/Euro invaders, it can be assumed that diverse beauty ideals already existed. So, although creating and reinforcing standards that are as void as possible of white supremacy is necessary for mental healing, we can't deny the beauty of 'authentic' looking women just because they possess characteristics that Caucasians also idealize.
In the case of Lauryn Hill (possessing the 'normal' hair texture/skin color of most pre-colonial Africans), I think that even in pre-colonial Africa her beauty would be acknowledged and/or denied according to the ideals of the specific group. Although I can not say the same for the above mentioned lighter skinned ladies.