What are your thoughts on that? I'm glad to see more african women given this title :)
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im black and I kind of wish women werent consistently rated in value based on how they look. lists are essentially ridiculous but when is people magazine going to post "the smartest woman" or "the most ambitious woman" or some sh*t like that? not that things like this haven't been done, but not nearly as much as the annual "sexiest women" lists. ugh.
but I guess I can see how some people see this as a victory...but its beyonce. I'm glad she made it, good for her, but I'm not surprised. she fits neatly into the image of what is acceptable as a black woman, especially since she ditched the urban look, got some new weave and changed up her hair, and the media consistently lightens her skin. I can't say ill care too much, but ill be really shocked when a really dark skinned black woman with natural hair or something makes it as most beautiful woman. although I think miss universe is dark black woman (not with natural hair though, of course). it doesn't really affect me much, as I'm a pretty, very light skinned black woman (much lighter than beyonce without the lighting) with natural hair. most people think I'm mixed anyway.
im not saying its not significant in some way. I'm sure it is. I just tend to see the bigger picture. this is nice, but what ELSE? when I see that nappy headed dark skinned girl, especially if she has what some people label "black features" (which are really just stereotypes, but many black women do have them) on the list as most beautiful, or hell, even in the top 5, then ill actually be surprised. then ill be able to genuinely say, "oh, so we're actually getting some sh*t done now? that's nice."
ill be happy when there can be less stereotypical portrayals of black women in society and when the subtext in society teeters away from ideas of black women that have been looming around since slavery. or when political structures keeping the huge disparity of wealth between alive start to weaken and shake. or when discrimination against black men improves. I have a long list of things that matter more to me that could be addressed. that's when ill be happy. I could go on. I really don't give a f*** about who people magazine thinks is the most beautiful black woman, if I'm being perfectly honest. sorry, boo.1