Rise Women Rise: Kimberly

Guest Story by Kimberly

My story may be similiar to other “Dark Girls”, but of course we have all had different journeys…

Growing up I had an issue with my tone because I felt I was too dark to fit in, too dark to be considered pretty, too dark for many things. I grew up in a healthy household with both parents who complimented me on a regular basis. However,it was my own insecurities I was battling. Moving forward , since I have entered the working world I am absolutely for certain my complexion has played a role in job opportunities that I did not receive as well as employee “circles” I was not invited in. As a woman, I have embraced my beautiful brown skin and refuse to allow any individual make me feel less than because of my tone. All women of color, regardless of hue have to work extremely hard to acquire/maintain success and independence in today’s society. However, I find that women like myself have to ALWAYS be on our “toes” in order to stay ahead of the game. This is an issue that used to frustrate me until I realized the playing field that I was on.

Now I play the “game” on my own terms, dark brown skin and all. What God has for me is for me so when I come through the door,get ready to embrace my color too 🙂


The Dark Girls Movie- Rise  Women Rise Campaign seeks to share their stories of healing, empowerment, and triumph. We know this issue goes beyond the United States and Black people. This is for ALL women from around the world. If you have a written story or video, please submit here.

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