Quvenzhané Wallis: #BLACKGIRLSROCK

photo courtesy of Armani

photo courtesy of Armani

Giorgio Armani—you are the man.

Earlier this week Quvenzhané Wallis was named the face of Armani Junior. When I heard this I got excited. Excited as if Giorgi called me himself and asked me to be the face of the line. 

With all the ridicule the fashion industry has received this past year  I don’t understand why no one is talking about this? Where is The Diversity Coalition –Bethann Hardison, Iman and Naomi Campbell? 

Why you should care:

Reason #1: She represents little black girls all over who rarely see someone like them represented on television and in magazines.

Young girls are going to see Quvenzhané and see that their natural hair is beautiful. Their skin is beautiful. That their entire being is beautiful. 

Reason #2: Self-hatred starts young.

In the first two minutes of the documentary “Dark Girls” viewers are introduced to a girl who reveals that she doesn’t like to be called "black" and later on when asked which doll is ugly she points to the black doll. Her reasoning: she's ugly “because she’s black”.

For those of you who still don’t understand why this is so important go to the magazine section in ANY store. Tell me how many black women are on the covers you see.

Fun Fact time: there have only been 17 Black women on Vogue since 1892.

Turn on your television and tell me how many black girls are in depicted in the shows your children, your sister's, your niece's watch? Exactly. Disney was founded in 1963 and Princess Tiana was introduced to the world in 2009.

NOW do you get my point?  

This talented, beautiful young lady,  is on her way to changing the way the fashion industry and the media represents black girls and black women, and it seems as if no one cares about the end results. You may recall the racist reactions when it was announced she would be playing the lead in 'Annie' (here's a great read on that and be sure to read this). 

Instead of talking about how luxurious #Kimye’s wedding was, lets talk about things that matter. Things that can change society.

It doesn’t stop there. We need more people of color behind the scenes of these major networks creating the content, "being the instigators" as I was told. As faux entertaining as reality shows (Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta) are we need less of them.


Ready, set, discuss. 





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