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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Tynee Talks: Colored Lipstick for Colored Girls
I came across the interesting picture posted above. Harsh comments were attached to the picture and the comments really ruffled my feathers. Not, because I’m sensitive to
the craziness that comes with being online, but the fact that there’s an idea
floating around, that Black women wearing unconventional lipstick, somehow makes
them mentally ill clowns. This truly struck a chord with me, one because I take
mental illness very seriously and two, because Black women can don whatever the
hell they want. About 2 years ago, two Black women from Detroit, MI, were on
ABC’s Shark Tank. They were looking
to get a distribution deal for their Lip
Bar lipstick line. They were insulted and told that their idea to have
these varying shades of lipsticks was a waste of time. These two entrepreneurs are now reaping the benefits of not being
conventional and coloring outside the lines. The Lip Bar is now exclusively sold at Target stores nationwide. I say all that to say, that the young
lady in the picture could be rocking the Lip Bar products in an effort to
support Black business. Or maybe she enjoys matching her shirts with her
lipstick, hell I know I do!
My eyes were literally bulging out of my sockets at some of
the comments I was reading. I mean, sure this woman was rocking turquoise lipstick
to match her turquoise tank top, but the way these internet trolls attacked her
character based on these feats were atrocious. Things like she must not have a
job, she’s ugly, she’s mentally ill, she’s making a mockery out of Black women,
etc… Well guess what, she could be making 6 figures and chooses to experiment
with various colors like this on her off days. Everybody is attractive to
someone. Unless you’re a board certified Psychiatrist, please don’t give out diagnoses
to someone you’ve never even had a conversation with. And lastly, just because she
chose to wear a wild lip color, doesn’t make a mockery out of Black women, it
shows the diversity among Black women. Point. Blank. Period. Stop projecting your self hate on Black women. Stop trying to police their bodies. Stop trying to place Black women in boxes they don't fit in. Because, as soon as they do conform to what is conventional and traditional they get attacked for that also. They are then accused of trying to be like others, instead of their authentic selves. I guess that would drive someone mentally ill. Black women aren't allowed to live out loud and be carefree, so therefore we try and create safe spaces for our self expression so that we don't run the risk of being beaten down with harmful words. For years we were told that our natural crowns appeared to be clownish aw well. Now we rock our Afros unapologetically. We were told our lips and butts were too big. We were told that our features looked like a circus act, and we were literally put on display at the circus. Now errrybody and they Momma trying to buy what we got.
So, hey Black girl, keep rocking your bright colors and
spreading your magic.Wearing bright colors on your lips does not mean you have some underlying mental health issue. Therefore, continue to wear your bright lipstick and live your life care free and in color. Cause we all know, imitation is to follow and it’s the
best form of flattery.