She taught me to love myself. She taught me that my black is beautiful. She taught me how to love my black skin and the blackness of it. She taught me that no matter what racism and colorism I may face, I can rise above it. She taught me self-love.
I never grew up seeing people like Alek Wek, Grace Bol or Lupita Slay'O in media. So now that there are people with skin as dark as mine being defined as beautiful, it has taught me to love myself.
Finally, ALL shades of black, even mine are finally being recognized as beautiful by non POC and POC.
Ida Laura Pfeiffer (1797-1858) was one
of the first female explorers in the world. Austrian by birth, she began
travelling at the age of 45, and visited numerous countries on all continents.
Her travel writings were very popular and were translated in several languages.
began fulfilling her childhood dream of travelling the world after her husband
passed away and her children left the family home. Throughout the years she
made several trips across Africa, South America and Australia, writing about
her experiences all throughout. Even though she was received as a member of the
geographical societies of Paris and Berlin, the London one rejected her on
account of her gender.