“European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world-the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love. Africa is no exception. When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said, ‘Where are you going to find a husband? How are you going to find someone darker than you?’ I was mortified. I remember seeing a commercial where a woman goes for an interview and doesn’t get the job. Then she puts a cream on her face to lighten her skin, and she gets the job! This is the message: that dark skin is unacceptable. I definitely wasn’t hearing this from my immediate family-my mother never said anything to that effect-but the voices from the television are usually much louder than the voices of your parents.“

Estamos sorrindo, mas estamos prestes a chorar. Mesmo depois de todos esses anos, só agora temos a sensação de estarmos nos encontrando pela primeira vez.
—  The Script

Favorite Women in History (2/20): Marie Antoinette of Austria

“As the Dauphine stepped out of her carriage on to the ceremonial carpet that had been laid down, it was the Duc de Choiseul who was given the privilege of the first salute. Presented with the Duc by Prince Starhemberg, Marie Antoinette exclaimed: ‘I shall never forget that you are responsible for my happiness!”
Antonia Fraser, Marie Antoinette: The Journey


Legendary Leiomy Mizrahi Maldonado in the @NikeNYC #betrue campaign