Published on Mar 9, 2016
Host Sheryl Underwood emotionally opens up about why she decided not to share her naked selfie on social media like fellow host Sharon Osbourne. “While I am not ashamed of my body in any way and while I love my brown skin to death. I hope that one day those pictures can come out for me as an individual woman who loves my curves and loves who I am. I thank Kim Kardashian for doing something so big that SHE may not even understand the discussion that she has truly started. But, I also have a responsibility to young women all over this country that may misunderstand me showing my body as some sexualized exercise in commerce and not empowering me to be 185 pounds and voluptuous and dark skinned and sexy and desirable. The reason I’m about to cry is because, I fought hard to get here, but now I make choices for not just for myself, but for my race, for my people and for women. I want to be able to show that there is another standard of beauty.
Sheryl’s statement reminds me of the many discussions we have about race, sexuality, and double standards.-Fighting Misogynoir