Beautiful Brown Women: Dora Owusu On Overcoming Colorism

Thank you to the breathtakingly beautiful #GhanaianModel @doraowusu for so candidly sharing your story with my site ZonDAmour.com which is for the #empowerment of #DarkSkinWomen & #DarkSkinMen. In shooting,editing & transcribing your video, I heard your testimony so many times but it still makes me emotional to know that you experienced so much disrespect for the color of the your skin. I'm elated to know that not only have you persevered but just like the women you admire, #DuckieThot & #LupitaNyongo, you're a phenomenal role model for countless women including myself. I'm so proud of you and @bmg.models is blessed to have you & all of your #melanin! Hit the link in my bio to read more of Dora's story. (#Beach footage courtesy of #Cinematographer @thebowenimage) #DSWStory @captivating_african_magazine @blackineveryshade

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ZD: ​What advice would you give to other young women who may be being teased about their dark skin? How can they move past the criticisms and develop confidence?
DO:
To young girls being teased about their complexion, I would say it’s okay to be upset about it because we are all human. BUT don’t let them break you, rise above and remember that the day will come where they will definitely regret those words. Understand that it does get better and I am a living testament of that.
One of the best ways to developing confidence is to join a dance class simply because I know it worked for me. If not a dance class I would suggest doing something of out your comfort zone. I also encourage young girls to look in the mirror and tell yourself, “You look good today!” It’s okay to hype yourself up.

“…TO YOUNG GIRLS BEING TEASED ABOUT THEIR COMPLEXION, IT DOES GET BETTER AND I AM A LIVING TESTAMENT OF THAT…”

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