Embrace your true self PART 1

By admin
01 September 2013

There is an African proverb that says: “It is not what you call me, but what I answer to.” In the new South Africa, different cultures are constantly exposed to one another; we’re seeing an increase in the number of mixed relationships and friendships, particularly in racially diverse companies.

This has influenced the way we see ourselves. So where does the black South African woman stand in society these days? Maria Mokoena, shares her thoughts.

If you look at black celebrities, you’ll notice that they have things in common, for example, a weave, a slender figure, and an accent that is unmistakably “private school”. Maria says that there’s quite a big problem with black women claiming their rightful spot in society – and that it has always been that way.

“We seem happy with having the likes of Khanyi Mbau going out and giving others the impression that black women are all about an expensive weave, blue contact lenses, and a rich man to look after them.

It’s an unfair representation and it implies that if a black woman wants exposure in the media, they need to conform to one of those stereotyped images that are based on sexuality, a colonial background and Western ideals such as being giggly, having long hair or being seductive.

Move! Tipbegin to question your idea of what makes a woman beautiful. Ask yourself how this image is influenced by the Western culture. Be proud of your heritage.