May she never feel like an outcast, may she never be treated with hardness and harshness because of her complexion, may she be treated with delicacy and care.

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I became so emotional when I watched the “Brown skin girl” music video, because not only did it touch my heart, but it made me feel seen. Not only as a brown skin girl but as a person. Growing up and paging through magazines, I’ve never really seen a representation of brown-skinned girls being celebrated, sure we saw a few models here and there, but the narrative was not always this way.

It’s as if brown-skinned girls always had to question themselves in-terms of the beauty status quo. For some reason, there was a lack of softness, gentleness, and pure beauty associated with brown/dark-skinned girls.

So when Beyoncé released the “Brown skin girl” song, it was definitely an “aha, there it is” moment. The acknowledgment that brown skin girls also matter, that they too are beautiful and for Beyoncé, to celebrate that on a world scale was beautiful. We saw how that was displayed when she mentioned Kelly Rowland and embraced Kelly’s beautiful skin tone.

The alluring soft beauty that was shown by Naomi Campbell and Lupita Nyongo on the music video was captivating. Not to mention the brown skin little girls that were also shown.

I hope that every little dark-skinned girl who never felt beautiful will listen to those lyrics and feel validated, not just because of beauty aesthetics but because of who she is. May she never feel like an outcast, may she never be treated with hardness and harshness because of her complexion, may she be treated with delicacy and care.

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May every little dark-skinned girl who watches that video always feel warm inside to know that there are others like her, who are fulfilling their dreams. May she not feel less than, because she might not see herself represented on TV screens, may she always remember that her ancestors carried that melanin.

“Brown skin girl
Your skin just like pearls
The best thing in the world
Never trade you for anybody else
Singin’ brown skin girl
Your skin just like pearls
The best thing in the world
I never trade you for anybody else, singin’…”

I really hope that this music video and song changes the dialogue and perspective that people once had. I hope it sparks a form of self-love with self. Especially to the brown-skinned girls who have once questioned their worth.