You would think it would be common knowledge at this point that saying anything close to “You’re pretty for a dark-skinned girl” or defining someone’s beauty solely in the scope of their skin tone would obviously be seen as a backhanded compliment. And yet, people are still pretending it’s anything but insulting.
Singer Justine Skye had to get a fan together (in the most polite and educational way possible) after they called her their “fav dark skin” on Twitter. Whether or not she’s of a darker complexion, the “Collide” singer quickly pointed out how such a label is hurtful:
However, quite a few of the singer’s fans didn’t seem to get how Skye could take such a comment from a woman, who was reportedly also of a darker complexion, as an offensive one:
But Skye made it clear for those who may not have dealt with colorism in the way that she has:
In the past, on her Purple Unicorn Tumblr, Skye wrote about growing up and dealing with all sorts of remarks about her color. Such commentary eventually pushed her to love the skin she’s in:
Yes, When I was younger I got bullied. People made fun of me because I was really dark and really tall. And as a result I use to brag a lot.
They’d be like “You black as hell” “You so black ugh”
Compare me to any black dog they saw walking by.
And I’d be like “Yeah well thats because I was in Jamaica on vacation for winter break while you were here freezing, where were you?” “Yeah well I was in miami at the Ritz Carlton, where were you?”
some people think its funny.. but you don’t know how many people there are out there HURTING because they just want to be beautiful… because they were told that light skin was beautiful.. because they see it EVERYWHERE that the lighter the better.
Its bad enough that racism is something that even exists .. but racism within your own race? how DUMB is that?
I didn’t always love my complexion.. Who likes being made fun of. But I learned and my mother taught me to love myself.. and as i grew up I stopped caring about those ignorant comments.
I’m more than proud to be the complexion i am .. don’t try to fit in.. STAND OUT.
With that being said, what did you think of Skye’s response to the comment? Oh, and check out more images of the beautiful singer below.
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