We have a few guests staying with us this week, one being an Arab girl. Late one night, we- my white American roommate, my Somalian roommate, and I- got in a conversation about boys with her. Typical late night girl talk. When asked about our preferences in men, we all listed an unreasonable, maybe even delusional, list of characteristics. When it was our guest's turn, she thought for a moment and said, "Olive skin"...
I want to make it clear that this is not solely an Egyptian issue, but one that affects people of color worldwide. By raising awareness of the colour complex, I hope we can begin an honest discourse that leads to us loving ourselves and or own innate beauty without comparing it to others.
*ugh, I know I shouldn't sneer b/c it can lead to wrinkles (and wrinkles are not sexy) but the nerve!