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I wish I had your confidence.
I often get told that when people see me wearing whatever colour or clothes I want especially the colours I wear that often are frowned upon by darker skinned people.
I recently started reflecting on this. As a kid who grew up with one fair parent, I wasn’t taught to value my dark skin. I too was told not to go out in the sun, wear fair and lovely and such by my mom, relatives and such. But I don’t remember ever feeling hurt about it or ever refraining from going out in the sun. Instead I was that sassy mouth kid who used to tell people, why would I want to be fair? I love being dark like my father. If I blush you won’t know.
As I got older the sassiness got even worse. Whenever I introduced my mother and saw a confused look on their face I would immediately tell them – yes I know we don’t look the same, I look exactly like my father and I’m dark as him. Of course that would embarrass the person and they would deny it.
So I don’t know where I got this from as I was surrounded by white skin workshipping people. But I wish I could bottle it up and hand it over to young children and adults.
I wish I could shake people into believing they too are beautiful. That it’s okay that someone doesn’t think they are. That doesn’t make them less beautiful. Beauty comes in many shapes, colour and sizes.
Since I can’t bottle that up, instead I give you art for your homes and to wear. And I’m encouraging other artists to produce their version of dark skin art. And I’m so happy that my constant writing and sharing about this has inspired artist’s to produce their own.
Since I launched @vissywears , the T-shirt has travelled to Pulau Redang and Japan. The girls took it with them to wear on their holidays. Quite touched to see the impact it has had on people. You can get it from me this Saturday but won’t be there on Sunday.
If you let me know when you plan to come on any other day, I’ll come by to meet you and walk through the gallery