The Blacker The Berry, The Sweeter The Juice, Innit?

The words flowed like poetry….

The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice, I love my black skin.
They use to tell me that my black face made people feel uncomfortable, that they don’t know what to do with me.
It would have been best for me to bleach my skin and become lighter skinned in order to accommodate those who claimed to be afraid of my darkness.
So many black women have done just that and conformed to a system that has no place for a blue black girl.
We are beautiful as we are, we are not a recessive gen, we are the original beings.
Can you handle my blackness?

South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul recently called attention to the discrimination against black models in the industry, and posted a series of posts on Instagram that unashamedly showed plenty of love for the skin she’s in. Her messages went viral, and added fuel to the fire that is addressing racism and ignorance in the fashion industry.

Paul has charmed audiences worldwide, and has walked the runway for major designer brands including Rick Owens, Vivvienne Westwood, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton. Her voice lends itself to ongoing conversations on colorism with the hope that it encourages awareness and a more inclusive industry.

One thing remains true, she is not apologizing for her blackness, and we don’t either.

Image: Instagram