"She revealed that she was often teased for being dark-skinned, and she used to pray to god for a lighter skin during her adolescence. The star says she was so ashamed she couldn’t even look at herself in the mirror, and added: ‘Every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I had been the day before.’ -Lupita Nyongo
"The 31-year-old ( who just celebrated a birthday) thought that having dark black skin was a curse, reports tmz.com. It was supermodel Alek Wek who helped boost her confidence because people like Oprah Winfrey praised her as a beautiful woman. Nyong’o says she ultimately learned that beauty comes in all shades and hopes to be an inspiration to other young girls with similar concerns."
This is absolutely wonderful! Being that this is the year of Women Empowerment for Edwina LaShan considering that "Our goal is for women to Embrace their beauty through the love of their own skin and allowing fashion to simply be an accessory! "
Edwina, of Edwina LaShan, is about to participate in her 2nd segment of the "Sister's Chat" Panel.
Hosted and sponsored by her Best Friend, Lorean Mays for "The Sophisticated Chronicles" Lifestyle Blog. Giving, right here, in Chattanooga, Tn! What we love most about this Chat, is the fact that Mays, promotes conversation therapy through these panels!
This chat motivates young girls and allows them to see through successful women in their own Community, that dreams are possible, and that we all have similar stories! The girls are able to identify with women who are just like them in multiple ways!
The chat uplifts young girls and their spirits and allows them to look up to women who identify with them in different ways! Whether it's the chat about skin color, natural hair, acceptance in the community, or bullying! Mays hits many topics that Black Women go through! She also hits subjects that other races experience as well. The chat is an open forum for all races to come together and share their stories, although the focus is mainly on Black Women.
Mays, herself has promoted on several Facebook/Blog post and platforms that Dark Women should embrace their beauty! She shares her own stories of dealing with having dark brown skin, with long hair, and being judged on her own physical appearance!
Lorean Mays is a professional model and formal pageant queen so she has definitely had her fair share of political beauty experiences!
LaShan of Edwina LaShan is also working on her CSAS Senior Project, Where the topic is... "How Is Physical Beauty Interpreted by Various Facts of Society?"
Singer Beyonce, touches the subject in her songs and videos, "Pretty Hurts" and "Flawless". In the "Pretty Hurts" song and video she touches base on self beauty love and how Pageantry has effected the way women view their self beauty and personal confidence! Which is very relevant to Lupita since she her team announce she listened to Beyonce, very loudly, while getting glammed up for the Oscars.
‘You can have ambition,
but not too much.
You should aim to be successful,
but not too successful.
Otherwise you will threaten the man.’
Because I am female,
I am expected to aspire to marriage.
I am expected to make my life choices
always keeping in mind that
marriage is the most important.
Now marriage can be a source of
joy and love and mutual support.
But why do we teach to aspire to marriage
and we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors –
not for jobs or for accomplishments,
which I think can be a good thing,
but for the attention of men.
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
in the way that boys are.
Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”