Standards of Beauty/Perceptions of Black Women March 2, 2007Posted by Melissa in beauty myths, Kiri Davis, race, video.
I found this great video after watching a news report a friend sent me about standards of beauty among young Black girls. Kiri, 18, reconducted an experiment originally executed in 1950’s in which children were asked which doll (the Black or the white) they would like to play with. What she found was that regardless of the “progress” the same standards of “good” and “bad” still permeate. It is particularly painful to watch at minute 4:30 when a girl has trouble picking out which doll looks like her after she just identified the black doll as being bad because she was black.
I thought this was interesting considering that the film we just watched (Imitation of Life) was made in the 1950’s, the same year the original experiment was conducted. Its disturbing to realize that children, and society, are still struggling to realize the beauty and goodness (or glamour) in Black women. As with the movie, the new documentary shows that white dolls (in the films case, white women) are more positively portrayed and accepted.
the news report