Understanding and Awareness


My Barbie vs. Your Barbie


As a child I always wanted to dress up and be pretty. I mean, which little girl didn’t? My mom told me I use to dress up in the mirror and say I am going to model one day in Paris. Now 28, that memory still lives with me. I never gave up on me. At age 21, I went to a modeling agency and discovered that my image of beauty was different from theirs. At that age, beauty to me was looking like a Barbie, nice Blonde hair, pretty eyes and nice clothes, but I knew I couldn’t live up to that Barbie because my skin was dark and Barbie is white. I believed that I could be The First Dark Barbie; my confidence level was at a high until I heard these words.

“Sorry, you’re not what we are looking for your just too dark.” These are words that destroyed my modeling dream.

Marilyn Monroe once said, “Beneath the make-up and behind the smile am just a girl who wishes for the world.” Even though my world was crushed and my dream shattered, I still believe in my dream I want the world to see my beauty.