The recent remake of the infamous 1950′s “Doll Test” by an intrepid 17 year old filmmaker, Kiri Davis, has been making waves recently. Davis has been interviewed on CNN and many other mainstream news networks, and the reaction to her film always seems to be a variation on surprise. I found the results to be heartbreaking, but not surprising. I can’t be surprised that any of the little kids chose the white dolls, when so many of our modern day black celebrities seem to strive to look like white Barbie.
I for one would rather see India.Arie or Janelle Monae or Leela James at the top of the charts, and all up on MTV and BET.
Kiri Davis is a brave and talented woman for putting this out there. And all of the girls she interviewed are also gorgeous. Natural hair, dreadlocks, or relaxed; with skin in shades ranging from dark cocoa to chai latte. We have to learn to accept our beauty as a fact, and teach the truth to our children. We are all beautiful, and our futures are just as bright as anyone else’s. But it’s important that we believe it to the fullest.
So today, I want every woman (regardless of color) who reads this to go look in the mirror and smile. Know that you’re gorgeous, honey. Don’t let the world make you feel otherwise.