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From the Campaign Dark is Beautiful: Model Natasha Sharma Sheds Color Bias for Dark-Skinned Women

by Natasha Sharma This article was originally published on Women of Worth: Color complex affects people worldwide. For a long time, I was under the impression that a “fair and lovely” complexion was only desired by South Asians. My research and life experiences have opened my eyes to the fact...

“Model Behavior”: Brown Girl of the Month Natasha Sharma Pursues Humanitarian Work and Fashion Modeling

by Natasha Sharma - Follow @BrownGirlMag Meet our Brown Girl of the Month of November 2013! Natasha Sharma, a native from Austin, Texas, is working towards a double bachelor's in International Relations and Social Work. She speaks Hindi, Spanish, Arabic and Tamil, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her...

Combating Eurocentric Beauty Ideals: A Commentary on Kendall Jenner on Vogue India

by Natasha Sharma - Follow @BrownGirlMag When the news hit earlier last week that Kendall Jenner is the face of Vogue India’s 10th anniversary edition, I was dumbfounded. I clicked on the Twitter link on my newsfeed, only to see her dolled-up face plastered on the magazine cover. As I...

Addressing South Asian Anti-Blackness: The Attacks on Africans in India

by BG Staff - Follow @browngirlmag This post is an installment of Brown Girl Magazine's "Chai & Chat" series, where our writers has a round table discussion on current topics affecting the South Asian community.  About two weeks ago, reports and videos emerged of Nigerian and Kenyan students being beaten...

The Importance of Solidarity Between Muslims and Non-Muslim Brown Folks

by Natasha Sharma –Follow @browngirlmag It is no secret that since the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims have been systematically targeted in America. Brown people of various religious backgrounds, nationalities, and ethnicities have faced considerable bigotry and discrimination throughout the...

One Brown Girl’s Journey in Drowning out the Noise with WOW

by Soni Satpathy-Singh - Follow @SketchyDesi We should love ourselves and not only that, we should love ourselves the way we are. Our bodies do not define us. We are more than our looks. *Sigh*, so forth and so on. Look, I feel this. I know this. Yet…yet I don’t...

How the ‘Model Minority Myth’ Hurts Us All: A Brown Girl’s Perspective

by Natasha Sharma –Follow @browngirlmag The “model minority” stereotype is one that is not explored nor scrutinized to the extent that it should be. In America, the “model minority” myth is the cultural expectation placed on Asian Americans, as a group, that each individual will be: “smart” (i.e. math and science...

Rising Above Anti-Blackness in the South Asian Community

by Natasha Sharma If there is a time to address anti-blackness, it is now. Deep-rooted institutional racism remains rampant in our country and continues to impact minorities at multiple levels. Just this week, two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, were shot and killed by...

Lil’ Kim’s Transformation is a Form of Systematic Oppression Affecting Women of Color Globally

by Natasha Sharma Like everyone else, I too was shocked to see rapper Lil' Kim’s recent series of Instagram photos. She looked unrecognizable with white skin, blonde hair, and altered facial features—completely different from the Lil’ Kim we've watched since childhood. And no one is safe from the beast of...

#UnfairAndLovely Campaign Dares to Break Dark-Skin Stigma Around the World

by Maryam Jameela - Follow @yammatron - No matter your age, size, gender or background, South Asians are told to stay away from the sun as to not become darker. Time and time again, young brown girls are asked to lighten the tone of their skin as if it were...