I am not really into beauty contests. But this year, 2013, will be one of the most powerful and meaningful in the story of beauty contests to me.
Because, this year, Nina Davuluri became Miss America. Dusky skin, Indian type. Perfect beauty and clever woman.
Because this year, Flora Coquerel became Miss France. And she does not matches the cliché some people have of my country. She’s not blonde, straight hair and white. She’s half-blood, she’s beautiful, dark-skinned, with beautiful curly hair.
This year, I am kind of proud that the common white-standards of beauty we have been put through all these years just got punched in the face.
Thanks to those women, maybe little girls like I was a few years ago won’t try to straighten their hair because it makes them feel different. Maybe those little girls will now understand that every kind of beauty exist.
Thank you Nina and Flora to show the world that beauty is beauty and that you can embody YOUR country even if you don’t match what society think is the standard. You’re brave and we need you.
I swore I won’t straighten my hair anymore and won’t feel ashamed for not being a common typical western white girl. I am what I am, I come from where I come from. I am French but dark-skinned. Just deal with it.