Grace Boye, a 20-year-old Ghanaian college student from Los Angeles, is just like all of us – over-the-moon about Rihanna’s newest lip paint, Stunna. Ever since “Stunna”made its debut in Sephora stores on Nov. 23, there have been countless articles, tutorials and reviews on how amazing it looks on all types of skin shades and lip sizes.
Although Grace was excited about the color, she assumed her lips weren’t made for it. Vlogger Aysha Haryn posted a photo on Instagram wearing the new product, and in her comments section, Grace wrote, “I’ve been told red doesn’t suit me…my lips are too big.”
Here is a picture of Grace in all of her perfection:
Immediately following her comment, Grace received numerous replies encouraging her to try “Stunna.” Fenty Beauty even chimed in by saying: “This red is for everyone.”
Even the queen Rihanna gave her two cents, responding with encouraging heart emojis to show the young woman support.
Her story went viral, and in an interview with Buzzfeed, Grace said she used to wear bolder colors, “…But I ended up giving away the hot red and hot pink because I was told too many times that it didn’t look good.“
Grace makes it clear that there wasn’t just one person here-or-there telling her that she shouldn’t wear color. Her self-consciousness has been a build-up since kindergarten. She explained that it all stemmed from being bullied about her lips and her gap teeth. She has even deleted all Instagram posts with her wearing colored lipstick, leaving only those with more neutral shades:
Grace said that she has gotten messages from girls who share her story of being taunted for how full their lips are. @dupeblack wrote her: “When I first started blogging, someone commented on my Formspring and told me my lips were too big to wear red lipstick. My whole life people commented on my lips, I used to bite them to make them look smaller. Screw those people. Lipstick is made for everyone and Stunna is a gorgeous red.”
With the support of the Fenty Beauty sisterhood, Fenty Beauty itself and Mama Ri Ri, of course, we say to the haters of Miss Grace: Screw you! And we might be seeing a post of Grace donning “Stunna” very soon.
Buzzfeed confirmed that Fenty Beauty has spoken to Grace about sending her the “Stunna” lip paint. I do hope that she gets it by Christmas. Nothing could light up the holiday better than a stunning lip paint on a confident and equally stunning Black girl.