The Beauty of the Butterfly

A friend of mine posted this quote by Maya Angelou, and I was so touched by it that I had to make a pictogram. In your darkest days, may you always remember your beauty and strength within.

Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

Image from Phat Girl Fresh

Repost from Phat Girl Fresh:

Guess what ladies, the world doesn’t end because you have haters and naysayers. You will never be everyone’s cup of tea and the truth is, this shouldn’t bother you if you aren’t offering them a sip! #phatgirlfresh #ijs #curvyconfidence #goldenconfidence #fatgirlsbewinning #phatgirlbouteeque #phatgirlgear

The Ugliness of Photoshopping 

Generally, I would be singing the praises of a mainstream magazine featuring a black actress, more specifically a brown-skinned actress, on the cover. I’m forever promoting the need for diversity within mainstream diversity. Yet, I was taken aback, when I saw the cover of ADWEEK featuring Kerry Washington. One Facebook poster said it perfectly, Kerry looked like a black Scarlett Johansson.

I was sick to my stomach. I wish more covers would show the true beauty of our stars. I understand Photoshopping, but not when the person no longer looks recognizable. Kerry Washington will always be beautiful because her inner beauty radiates all the way through. I hope one day that this need for Photoshopping will end. It creates an unrealistic perspective of beauty for our children. Let us celebrate our true beauty.
Be sure to read Kerry’s response and disbelief about not recognizing herself on posted Facebook.