In order to be a viable contender in entertainment or the fashion and beauty industry — you have to boast an aesthetic that doesn’t deviate too far from the colonial blueprint of desirability.
That’s why it’s hard to come up with at least five names of young Black actresses under the age of thirty— who are enjoying the ingenue phase that White actresses so easily claim. That’s why almost all the young up and coming female musicians of color, are either biracial or light-skinned Blacks. That’s why the fashion world is populated with White faces — with the only Black face belonging to the iconic Naomi Campbell, and without her legendary status — there would be no alternative.
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