Am­ber Rose weighs in on skin color row

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Am­ber Rose has fought "racism and fem­i­nism" through­out her adult life. The 33-year-old model has re­sponded to rap star Kodak Black's confession that he prefers light-skinned black women to darker women in a lengthy post on In­sta­gram, in which she has de­tailed her own ex­pe­ri­ences of deal­ing with prej­u­dice. The Philadel­phia-born star - who comes from a mixed race fam­ily - wrote: "Model­ing jobs, boys and op­por­tu­ni­ties came to me eas­ier but did not re­al­ize that un­til I got older. Grow­ing up in Philly I went to an all black school. I was the "white girl" The one that the boys DIDN'T like, The girl that wasn't as cool as the brown skinned girls. Black was the thing to be! "But for me my mom was my only black par­ent, my dad was as white as snow and I came out just as light as him. I would lay out in the sun and try to get as dark as I could. I would look at all of the beau­ti­ful dark skinned girls in my class and wish that I could wear bright color shirts like they did but it never quite looked as good on my com­plex­ion ...... but the Brown skinned girls would pick on me, pull my hair and want to fight me for no rea­son? Why tho?! I loved them! I wanted to be them! Lit­tle did I know at such a young age society was teach­ing them to hate me. Society was telling these girls that they weren't as beau­ti­ful as me be­cause of their com­plex­ion. (sic)" Am­ber sub­se­quently stressed the need for women, re­gard­less of their ap­pear­ance, to stick to­gether. Along­side a video of Kodak's com­ments, she continued: "Get­ting older I found my­self al­ways bat­tling racism and fem­i­nism, ask­ing direc­tors why isn't there any dark skinned girls in the mu­sic videos I was fea­tured in? Even when I was Strip­per maybe there were 1 or 2 brown skinned girls that would get hired be­cause they didn't want the club to be too "Black". "I can't help that I was born with light skin but I am a woman be­fore any­thing else! We need to stick to­gether as women and ed­u­cate society, ed­u­cate men like this with black moth­ers! Not let men/peo­ple dic­tate what type of woman is in style or more beau­ti­ful. We are all smart and ca­pa­ble of be­ing great! No mat­ter where we come from or what com­plex­ion we are! If no one tells you you're beau­ti­ful I'm here to tell you that you are! (sic)"

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