Thinking about how fast these two years have gone by, I have been thinking about the type of woman I am and the types of women my daughter will come across as she grows. I have already noticed Naomi picking up a number of my traits and habits, one of them being love of magazines. This morning I was listening to Amel Larrieux's song "Ini" and these lyrics popped out to me.
Wondering why I could never find too many girls that looked like me
All I saw was hair so blond and eyes so very blue
And the words under the picture said, "and you can get this look too"
Someone else's eyes don't see what I see
Follow like I'm blind just won't do for me
God made me just fine; that's why I got to be
I want my baby girl to know that even though we read these fashion magazines, which portray a standardized view of beauty, that she is beautiful at whatever size, shape, or color. This is why I am so thankful that I am seeing more African American faces on the pages of Vogue, Elle, InStyle, etc. One of my favorites being The Life Rhapsodic by Norman Jean Roy that was found in the March 2011 edition of Vogue. I am looking forward to seeing more of beautiful women like Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman, Anais Mali, and Arlenis Sosa while flipping through my favorite reading material.