If we had to capture our time with SaQuoira into one word, we’d choose “powerful.” SaQuoira gave us a wonderful insight of the effects of colorism in society and how she feels so empowered now for being a strong black woman. We love you, adore you and are inspired by you.
Growing up, I remember this, I would pick dandelions from my backyard and wish on them that I would get green eyes, dirty blonde hair and tan skin. That’s all I saw, that’s what I identified as beautiful. I felt that being lighter would be more beautiful…
You never saw empowered black women on TV. They always had a lot of attitude, they were either dirty, poor or uneducated. No one in TV, movies or magazines wanted the black woman.
We’ve come a a long way with representation and we still have far to go.
But people are being recognized and we’re really getting to a point where we’re not made to feel ashamed for the color of our skin.
I love being dark because I see people like Lupita Nyong’o who are just absolutely gorgeous. It makes me love myself for who I am. I feel so empowered when I look at myself – I’m strong, educated, a mother.