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How Did Bold, Brown & Beautiful Start?

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I guess the back story is really important when it comes to Bold, Brown & Beautiful. One of the beautiful models from our photo shoot asked me about it and she thought it would be great to share.

How did BBB come about? Well from watching the documentary, “Dark Girls.” I wrote a blog post about it. You can read the original here. But long story short, I felt that I didn’t see enough victory in the stories of the brown girls. It was more like they accepted being dark as opposed to realizing that they are just as beautiful as anyone else. It bothered me. And as a lighter skinned black woman, I felt like this wasn’t just their fight.

After the blog post, other women reached out to me and said, this should be a live discussion. They felt like the blog post wasn’t enough. Sooooo! We did our first Bold, Brown & Beautiful panel in Philadelphia on August 20, 2013. We watched clips from both “Dark Girls” and “Imagine a Future” and had an amazing discussion on self-esteem, colorism and images in media.

We took the same event to Washington, DC and also had a great discussion and proposed solutions on better embracing all brown women.

In between those events, I thought to myself, how can we keep this conversation going? There boldbrownbeautiful.com was birthed and the @bbb_series Instagram and twitter. This was an awesome way to stay in contact with women while we were planning our next events!

In my journey of promoting healthy images of black women, I realized there are multiple cultures of brown women who are all dealing with similar issues. There aren’t enough positive images of them in media, standards of beauty rarely include them and I thought to myself, wow, here is my purpose. To bridge the gap. I come from a family full of colors and if I was ever excluded from them just because I was lighter I don’t know what I would do. I decided that I wanted to promote something different. I wanted to promote that our beauty can co-exist. Whether you are light, dark, Latina, Indian, or the like, we can all be beautiful without downplaying one or the other.

I love my ladies. I want to work to make sure that I aid women in being comfortable in their own skin. Whether you are light or dark we all struggle with self-esteem and I can speak from personal experience. There are enough things that divide us, so I decided that this would not be another one of those things. The photo above is from our photo shoot for a brand new campaign entitled Redefining Brown Girls, How you see us, think about us and treat us. So the mission of Bold, Brown & Beautiful is to dispel myths about brown girls, redefine perceptions and create community among brown women of all colors.

Stay tuned. This is only the beginning.

With love,

Ashley M. Coleman

It’s a Beautiful World | I can’t think of a better way to show how #beautiful the world really is than with this beautiful little #Tanzanian girl! [Photo credit 📷: @imsuperyoyo]

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Look at this beauty. Who says that dark skinned girls can’t wear bright red lipsticks. regram @natashandlovu
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UPDATE: THIS FREEBIE IS NOW GONE!

Head over to the My Black is Beautiful Facebook page to request your FREE My Black is Beautiful #ImagineAFuture Inspiration Kit. Some of the goodies you’ll receive are a mirror cling, pen, cell phone charm, Vision board, compact mirror, bracelet and their discussion guide. Sounds like a good kit to me! Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Enjoy :)

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PLEASE VOTE: Anique Hameed for My Black is Beautiful Ambassador

I’m a finalist in a nationwide competition to be an ambassador for the P&G My Black is Beautiful campaign!

This campaign aims to inspire self love in black women and to empower the next generation of black women to confidently be their best, most beautiful selves.

It’s been narrowed down to 12 women out of 1,000s and they’ll choose 6 to represent the brand in commercials, magazine ads, and in person around the country for the next year including a trip to Essence Fest this summer!

PLEASE VOTE!

It all comes down to a Facebook vote, one vote per person.

Voting began at 12:00am ET on 5/28 and ends at 11:59pm on 6/1.You can vote by visiting www.facebook.com/MBIB and clicking like next to my entry on the page provided.

Thank you for your support!