I was reading Thandie Newton’s blog the other day and she said something I found quite interesting, she said:
“My skin isn’t “specialist” skin. But it has taken a long journey to get to this point. There will be a time when different skin tones won’t even be a discussion point: it will just be beauty, that’s it.”
I couldn’t decide if I agreed with her or not, I suppose I understood what she was saying and if I disagreed with her completely it would be like denying that there hasn’t been any progression with the level of acceptance that the beauty industry has with women of color and women who look different from the typical European ideal of beauty.
When I see a woman like Winnie Harlow a top model with vitiligo, walking international runways I know that there has been some change and there is always hope that beauty will no longer defined by just one thing.
But when Thandie made that statement she wasn’t referring to the odd or the strange, she was referring to her skin, her black skin.
Despite how crazy the world is generally, where we see strained race relations, again, I must agree that we are seeing more women of color in the beauty world as representatives of what beauty is. This means that something that was once plain and boring is now more diverse and interesting.
The thing that I don’t quite agree with is that there will be a time when different skin tones wont be even a discussion point. I believe that human beings will not get past there differences, that there will always be a tendency to rank each other making one ideal of beauty better or more preferred than the other depending on who you are talking to.
This seems like a hopeless belief but for now I just see it as being very realistic. What is beautiful ideally should be who you are innately, not anything physical but how you view the world, happiness and grandiose ideals that we wish beauty truly was.
What is true is that beauty is all those things, but also very physical as well, to deny that is considerably unrealistic, it would discredit everything we strive for to improve our self physically.
Physical things like skin tone will always be a discussion point regardless of how things are changing in the beauty world, if there was no discussion I believe we would be worse off.