I’ll be honest, I haven’t always loved being a black woman. And there were more than I few days when I thought it’d have been much easier to be anything else in the world. But despite these fleeting thoughts, I truly and deeply love my black womanhood. It takes a special kind of person to live in a racist, colorist and sexist society and still love themselves wholeheartedly.
But it doesn’t happen overnight. It has to be practiced with daily acts of self-love and self-affirmations. If you’re still struggling to love yourself, read through this list of reasons why you should love yourself a little more. Remember this list of the amazing parts of black womanhood whenever you’re feeling hopeless about the discrimination you face.
1. Loving Myself Fully Is An Act of Rebellion
Maybe it’s just the rebellious spirit in me, but I love to do the exact opposite of what society tells me to do. If society had it their way, every dark-skinned black woman would be walking around feeling worthless and ugly. Well, just to spite society, I’ll believe that I’m worthy, beautiful and incomparable. Janelle Monae brilliantly said, “Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.”