"The night sky is not lit up by one star, but by the billions of stars. Shine bright Black girls….Be bold. Be bright. Be blessed."
Just a few black girls/women who blew me away in 2013. I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for them, for us, and for all Women of Color.
She is incredibly brave to share her story. I suspected one of my friends had an eating disorder but anytime I tried to talk to her about it, she would get extremely defensive of brush off my worries. Time passed and she is better now but I really wish she would have talked to me about it. Thankfully she had a counsellor who was helping her with other issues. I guess she talked about her possible eating disorder as well.
When I Was Bulimic
The funny thing about my bulimia was that no one noticed. I suppose it was because I didn’t lose a huge amount of weight all at once. As an African woman, I saw admitting to an eating disorder as a BIG deal. It took me years to tell anyone because I was so ashamed of such a ‘weakness’. I have met only a few Africans open enough to discuss any eating disorder they may have had.
It all started when I came to the States. I went through a long ugly duckling stage and constantly compared myself to everyone; from girls at high-school to women in music videos. I started to workout for two hours everyday. I would eat little all day and stuff my belly at night. I would feel so defeated once that ‘full’ feeling came about so one day, I put my fingers down my throat. And I kept on doing it. I loved that I could eat so much and enjoy the food but throw it all up and get that empty stomach feel. I was 17 at that time and in my senior year of high school. I did not overcome this until my last semester of freshman year in college… (keep reading)
We think of Iman, supreme supermodel of the world, as one of those women who has the power to snap her fingers, toss her hair, and get things done right. This December, she’ll be introducing a collection of six BB creams — the skin-care/makeup hybrids that now crowd all beauty counters — to her Iman Cosmetics line. They are specifically formulated to seamlessly match her own complexion as well as 35 other skin tones. “I said if I can’t find one to match me then there’s a problem because I’m really in the middle. But I couldn’t [find one],” she told WWD. Next, she hopes to launch BB eye products, concealer, and bronzer. Obviously.
All I can say is FINALLY!