This is for all the brown girls who were bullied for having dark facial and body hair, for having thick eyebrows, for eating ‘smelly’ food. Here’s for the dark-skinned girls who were treated less than their fair-skinned siblings. 

I was that brown girl, and there are millions more out there. Stop with the shaming and the cultural appropriation. 

This is for the girls that were bullied for having features that only fit society when they’re on a white girl. 

Here’s to the brown girl who was shamed for wearing the bindi and her own cultural clothes. 

Here’s to the girls who were shamed by not only strangers and classmates, but friends and family members. 

These are our cultures. We are here to reclaim them.