The Western Media has perpetuated a malicious propaganda campaign that includes strategic marketing and negative hype, this campaign is filled with lies perpetrated as truths, to systematically coerce the citizen sheep into subconsciously equating the beautiful images of Africa with being ugly unattractive and evil.
This subconsciously ingrained and patently false notion that use the word “black” or all African related characteristics as a negative thing are often direct at the female African (i.e. black bitch, black whore, nappy headed whore, etc.). We are conditioned to believe that a woman with dark skin, full lips, high cheekbones, a high or large ass, or tightly helixed hair follicles as unattractive characteristics when they are attached to an African woman.
Moreover, since African women don’t want to be ugly (black), they straighten their hair, bleach their skin, and some with extra money, chisel their facial features to effect a less Africoid look. The recent tragedy of Kanye West mother’s demise under cosmetic surgery is an example. According to the doctor, Jan Adams, quite a few African celebrities sought his expertise for rhinoplasti and had been on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2003, where he boasted of doing nose jobs for these celebrities.
Doctor Adams said “the most common thing that Black celebrities came to him for is nose jobs, due to the inter mixing of the races and the unfortunate result of the noses not coming out [’right’]”. Googling any references to Jan Adam on Oprah.com get this only this small note. Many African people look for mates based on their lack of a prominent African features and hair texture so their children can have lighter skin and “good hair”.
Yet the phenomena of Anglo-Saxon women and even males going to the tanning beds to darken their skin is becoming so prevalent as to not even be an oddity. In fact society has explained that phenomena away as just trying to look less pasty in the winter month without the accompanying association of trying to look African. Many Anglo –Saxon women have also visited plastic surgeons to fatten their lips, cheekbones and butt cheeks. The new fashion trends of padded jeans and underwear, visiting salons to ‘perm’ (curl) their hair, and thanks to Bo Derrick getting braids and locks have all of a sudden become beautiful characteristics.
In the White Supremacy system, beauty is a designate of Anglo-Saxon male and female and the media propaganda tells the African female that because she is African (black) she will always bee defined by this society as ugly when in her natural state. White Supremacy defines long wavy fur as more attractive than tightly helixed hair as a reality. It defines dark brown eyes as less attractive than hazel or blue eyes, which according to iridology indicates high toxicity in the body. The system defines less melenated or light skin as more attractive than a more densely melenated or dark skin.
Doctor Carter G Woodson in his ground breaking thesis – the Mis-education of the negro- talks about the conditioning that cause us to go to the back door and build one without an invitation. In the White Supremacy system beauty is characterized from a physical perspective. Through out all of this characterization, we never use the physical characteristics of the only woman that was actually the Original, the African Woman, as the true standard for physical beauty. Still beauty, in and of itself, is so much more than a physical attribute.
And although beauty is often said to be in the eye of the beholder, it’s not as subjective as one might assume. I have heard an intelligent man when describing Anglo-Saxon facial beauty as one whose facial features are completely symmetric all parts on both sides of the central dividing line correspond perfectly or are identical to each other in shape, form and placement. All expected features are in place complimenting each other, working in harmonious concert as designed. In such a case the face has an ideal, complete structure and function, exact form, and is organizationally harmonious, and balanced – it is beautiful.
What the…hey now! I have never heard that description of African women…ever.
Beauty in its fullness is manifested both from within and from without. The outside is a manifestation of what is inside and what is inside will eventually manifest itself outwardly. They are ultimately reflections of one another. For example a person who possesses physical beauty and has a beautiful disposition is truly beautiful, while a person who possesses physical beauty and has an ugly disposition is not truly beautiful. In the case of the latter, ideal structure and form may be present but ideal function and completeness is off- balance.
We are naturally drawn to a woman who is naturally attractive, and we usually experience some type of internal sensory reaction from an encounter with them. Beauty impresses and gives pleasure to the mind and/or the senses. A few natural responses to an encounter with a beautiful woman are instant attraction and magnetism, passion and adoration, or relaxation and a state of stupefaction. An encounter with a beautiful woman is most pleasing to an observer in more than just the act of beholding; it can raise emotions and awaken the senses.
Once we investigate further the object of perceived beauty, as explained by that intelligent man I alluded to above: ideal structure with exact function and form and organizationally harmonious, completeness and balanced , we then see the futility of trying to define beauty with out the complements of inside and outside.
Addendum: It appears the link below has been confusing readers of this post because it appears that I am endorsing the women in it as my ideal standard of beauty. I placed it there to show how many people inside and outside of Holly Weird as the ideal images of beauty.
A view of Hollywood beauties:
8 thoughts on “The standards of Beauty”
🙂 I have to say in hindsight I recognize that my arguments do seem brash and opinionated, I guess it’s a mark of my youth and a personality tendancy, I’ll make an effort to put forward more sophisticated arguments. I honestly don’t have bad intentions and I’m not out to make enemies, I guess I just got a bit caught up…you run a great blog and I respect your opinion and I really want you to know that…:)now that I have that cleared hehe….
“To regurgitate the passage “unsophisticated and ignorant Africans”, is clear indication you are thinking something entirely different than what I am saying. Please read the about page and a few other older post to bring yourself up to speed.”
Actually, I didn’t misunderstand the philosophy of this blog… I think I understand where your coming from, what I meant was that bleaching and colored contacts and weaves are within the means of Africans who on some level are aware of the implicit meanings. I see the acceptance of the white standard of beauty on the level which you discuss not so much as a sign of unsophistication and blatant ignorance but as a means of identifying with the famous African Americans and thus as symbols of success, wealth and self-hating self-expression….
I find Iman beautiful in how gracefully she has aged. I understand that the models I’ve named seem to hold a very specific beauty which like you said is a personal view. Are kidding???? Michelle Obama is GORGEOUS!!! In the white house official photo in that little black dress she looks positively Amazonian, she’s stunning!
Peace and blessing
Being brash and opinionated is less the probelm than being rash and uninformed and none of us as sentient beings are immune from either. Yes self deforming is within the realm of us Africans, but it doesn’t remove the fact that it comes from a place of ignorance…or lack of knowledge (which is the real meaning of the word). in reality the term sophistication is an old English term to designate alterting the structure and thus the tast of food.
This is usually by introducing sugar into cakes, bread and other confectionaries. This is one reason why English food is said to be so bland. The penalty for sphisticating food is some of the worse death imanigable.
I mentioned this to (a) use it in the popular language currently being spoken and to move the conversation along, and (b) to indicate how language in White Supremacy is used to fool us and twist things around to confuse the devils intent.
One of the last things Africans outside of America Inc. needs to do is to mimic the self hating acts of Africans inside the corporate United States.
Still I am humbled that you came here to challenge me, but not in a hateful way. As you say you are young (all things are relative) so here is something I wish to propose, if you wish to comment, ask or seek of knowledge through this public sphere or through my private e-mail, feel free to do so. Sharing is what I do best.
Firstly, the women in your link Megan Fox, Greta Garbo, Scarlett Johannson are rather inappropriate as examples of the Eurocentric standard of beauty. Their looks are unconventional for white women and they seem far more exotic (long black hair, strong bone structure, curvy, full lips, olive skin tone) than the said standard.
As an African, I do see the inferiority complex playing itself out in urban settings, as well as, to some extent, in rural settings. You are incorrect to say that “unsophisticated and ignorant Africans” are the only ones who have internalized the Anglo-Saxon standard of beauty. Bright blue,hazel and green contacts are becoming common in relatively richer teenage girls who are influenced by western culture. I suspect skin bleaching is widespread, as i see discoloration and sudden difference in skin color. It is however not discussed.
In East Africa due to arab, portuguese and minimal british colonialist admixture there can be striking variation between family members. I have yet to see a woman who is as beautiful as some of the east african and horn of africa women I see. My standard of beauty is Liya Kebede, Iman, Yasmin Warsame, Anna Getaneh and other successful, gracile African models. Smooth chocolate, ebony or caramel skin that doesn’t sag, crack or burn is beautiful. High cheekbones, deepset almond eyes, full lips, strong bones structure, a high rounded forehead is gorgeous. Long, toned limbs, a long towering neck and chiseled straight shoulders so visible here are stunnning.
I have noticed that many white women have longer torsos and shorter legs, and a hollow weak flabby body structures. As well as weak, underwhelming presence. I do not deny that some are beautiful, but if one is not distracted by their colored hair and eyes the quality of their other features is quite low. I have also noticed that white women seem to value a very artificially generated standard of beauty that even they don’t live up to. Bleached blonde hair, tons of makeup, dieting, plastic surgery (nose jobs, collegen injections), excessive unnatural excersise, androgeny….the list is endless.
“Firstly, the women in your link Megan Fox, Greta Garbo, Scarlett Johannson are rather inappropriate as examples of the Eurocentric standard of beauty. Their looks are unconventional for white women and they seem far more exotic (long black hair, strong bone structure, curvy, full lips, olive skin tone) than the said standard. ”
For your information Megan Fox is what Caucasian will tolerate as acceptable African beauty. I don’t know how you can say the other two are inappropriate when Caucasians themselves remark on their “beauty”. Perhaps your discerning ability is greater than mine as well as your deep knowledge of what Caucasian should consider as beautiful to them.
“As an African, I do see the inferiority complex playing itself out in urban settings, as well as, to some extent, in rural settings.”
This statement requires me to educate you on your failing to observe your environment; however, I have neither the time nor patience to do so. Thus you will carry on thinking that, unless someone or something decides to point out the obvious to you and hope your discerning ability kicks into over drive. You desire to get into a fight without over standing the rules of engagement indicate your ignorance of Blackmystory and my worldview. To regurgitate the passage “unsophisticated and ignorant Africans”, is clear indication you are thinking something entirely different than what I am saying. Please read the about page and a few other older post to bring yourself up to speed.
” have yet to see a woman who is as beautiful as some of the east african and horn of africa women I see. My standard of beauty is Liya Kebede, Iman, Yasmin Warsame, Anna Getaneh and other successful, gracile African models. Smooth chocolate, ebony or caramel skin that doesn’t sag, crack or burn is beautiful. High cheekbones, deepset almond eyes, full lips, strong bones structure, a high rounded forehead is gorgeous. Long, toned limbs, a long towering neck and chiseled straight shoulders so visible here are stunnning.”
Finally your choice of what you think is attractive is both your personal choice and also an indictment of the pathology that you haughtily dismiss in my post. Blind is (s)he indeed who refuse to see. African beauty (particularly female) to me is transcendent and crosses borders and sub-culture; it includes personal choices, but is not limited to nationalities. As a female, you should do well remembering that.
P.S. Many models have expressed fear of being on the run way with Naomi Campbell, in fact many in the industry and out KNOW she is got damn beautiful, yet you didn’t mention her but other models. You dredge up Iman as if she is all that. You need to check out Ethiopeans, who don’t have they classic Fulani Phenotype, and is never seen through the lens of the Europeans. They make Iman look like a bag lady.
Also how about Michelle Obama do you think she is beautifull? If you don’t then it shows your bias.
We see those images all the time I didn’t think it was necessary to show them. I would have like to see some African Queens, given the nature of the article. I am not sure about bleaching being a serious epidemic in the Caribbean, South America or Africa do you have any satistics on that. Dysfunction is everywhere but for the most part other Countries don’t have the same hang up about beauty and body type as North Americans.
I was away from the computer for three days so I am just now responding to your newest reply. I believed it was necessary in the context of what I was trying to say in the post. As I stated, perhaps the lead in to the picture didn’t convey the lead into the pictures the way I wanted to. Trust me when I say that I would show images of African women all day and night, but context is everything and this post was about questioning the how we view the Caucasian woman (and men) as the standard of “beauty”. Bleaching is still a problem in those parts of the world. In fact, it is when some of the abusers of this self-hate come to this part of the world; they realize their obsession and attempt to tone it done a bit.
Please don’t dismiss the dysfunction of other parts of the world as you correctly point out the deficiencies here! This could be the idea for another blackmystory blog, we’ll see!
I enjoy and agreed with most of your article but I don’t understand if you are promoting the beauty of black women why would you end the article with images of Anglo American women. I also think female beauty is defined differently in North America than the rest of the world.
Thanks for checking out the post. Perhaps I didn’t effectively convey my intent with the pictures, but it was to show the standard of beauty espoused by “Hollywierd”, and which African men and women become susceptible to as the gold standard. Secondly, do not underestimate the power of North American style White Supremacy where most none Caucasian, believe that Miss Daisy or even her male version is to be imitated, emulated or coveted.
In Africa, the Caribbean and South America for example, the phenomena of bleaching the skin is a serious epidemic with serious health ramification. Many are experimenting with Jeri curls (believe it) bad weave (okay nothing new there) and eyes that shouldn’t even be on any dark haired Caucasian. This is double troubling because the prevailing belief is that Africans have maintained the basics of their culture and are proud of their “look”. The philosophy of white supremacy under the guise of Caucasian culture, reinforces itself and insinuate itself daily into the sub-conscious of the masses and that’s why unsophisticated and ignorant Africans practice clogging their pores with max factor
(for that smooth even skin) instead of plantain soap and mineral water, coconut juice and lots of sun to help detoxify the body and organically (not chemically) beautify the skin.
Again thanks for stopping by.