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« on: October 23, 2016, 12:19:41 AM »

The concept of a 'rare beauty' is a backhanded compliment, and in this case, outright reinforces white standards of beauty. Her beauty being qualified echoes the old 'black but beautiful' and 'exotic beauty' rhetoric.

Also, rare to whom? From Togo to Tobago, Haiti to Ethiopia, one can find many people who look like Khoudia Diop.

This is a form of racial micro-aggression that ‘celebrates’ blackness while directly attacking it.

Lastly, is it her 'rarity' that makes her beautiful? Will she still be beautiful in a group of people equally melanated?

"'She's a rare beauty that we had to have in our campaign.'"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3860088/Stunning-black-model-labeled-darky-daughter-night-racist-bullies-tells-overcame-hatred-Instagram-star-rising-fashion-sensation.html

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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2016, 12:35:57 AM »

Ayinde Speaks:

"I hope she grows to love all that is natural about her—and Black people in general—that people were conditioned to hate. Accepting one’s skin color is a step in the right direction, but one must go on to embrace their natural hair... however it is. One must also embrace, short, fat, tall, and all other forms of black people. One should not feel that they have to use Eurocentric makeup, hairstyles and wigs to feel beautiful. On another note, some people only accept aspects of their natural form because they cannot readily change them. No sooner than they can afford it, they try to change. Many Whites also fetishize some Blacks whom they view as exotic, which is just another aspect of racism."
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