“Dark Girls” Documentary Review
As a four year old girl is asked which child is the dumb child and which child is the ugly child, she points to the little girl that looks like her with the dark skin complexion and my heart sinks. To think now, in this day of age at four years old, that color has become an issue already is disgusting. Watching the documentary Dark Girls on OWN was an informative yet controversial piece, as they discussed the problems that exist today with color, made me appreciate all skin complexions even more.
The amount of negativity towards dark skin girls that exists today is absurd. To be informed that globally, skin bleaching is promoted regularly to make one feel beauty in their skin tone just wowed me. Knowing all the medical problems that can occur due to skin bleaching and to have women still do this to feel beautiful, I blame society and how they have labeled and allowed for the discrimination of dark skin girls to go on. Not only did the skin bleaching shock me, but so did brown paper bag test. The test ran as follows: if you were lighter than a brown paper bag then you were desirable as to if you were darker you were ugly.
The documentary states that a recent Dove study found that 7 in 10 girls between the ages of 8 and 17 feel that they are not good enough or do not measure up in their appearance. This statement goes to show how much insecurity exists in our girls. Dr. Cheryl Grills stated “If you want to change a person, the first thing you must do is to change their awareness on themselves.” Changing awareness of the ones feeling insecure about themselves would help build confidence within. They can’t change the image they have in their head about themselves without them becoming aware they are beautiful.
Every women of any skin complexion/any age/any size is beautiful. You are beautiful the way your are so remember that!
Check out more information on Dark Girls at http://www.oprah.com/packages/dark-girls.html