She is just one of many black women who told me that black men were judging their potential as a suitable romantic partner by the hue of their skin tone. Growing up I was very aware that if you had light eyes, long wavy hair, fair skin… basically anything the opposite of my thick full afro and brown skin, you were going to get far more male attention. Decades later, my journey has revealed not enough has changed. A quick search of the issues online produces many headlines, and there are high profile personalities who are accused of insulting and making fun of dark skin black women. Black professional Amina believes the men she has grown up with were exposed to a very European, Caucasian aesthetic in the media, which has meant they find it easier to relate to women who have lighter skin tones. Is she right? Or could the answers be buried deeper in black consciousness?
Dark skin is a human skin color that is rich in melanin pigments, especially eumelanin. The evolution of dark skin is believed to have begun around 1. In the heat of the savannas, better cooling mechanisms were required, which were achieved through the loss of body hair and development of more efficient perspiration. The loss of body hair led to the development of dark skin pigmentation, which acted as a mechanism of natural selection against folate depletion, and to a lesser extent, DNA damage.
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Many people believe that dark skin is not susceptible to sun damage. However, although dark skin tones are less likely to burn, people of almost every skin tone can get sunburnt or develop skin cancer. That said, people with the darkest of skin types may not get sunburn at all. Dark skin is much less likely to burn, and it can be more difficult to detect sun damage on very dark skin. However, people of all skin tones should use sun protection to prevent skin damage.
Fashion Nova has garnered a terrible reputation for its colorist social media behavior and other seemingly shoddy business practices. The brand has been called out countless times for failing to include dark-skinned people who promote their clothes on its Instagram page and for allegedly intentionally stealing designs from black-owned indie brands. Influencer Jackie Aina even revealed that she stopped collaborating with the brand after it refused to include more dark-skinned people on its Instagram page. This week, dark-skinned Instagram model Atim Ojera came forward with claims that the brand tokenized her after Aina brought light to its colorist Instagram practices, then promptly ended her contract when the bad press died down. Let's spread out all of these receipts.