i sometimes question what we consider ‘eurocentric features’ when it comes to PoC. Like i get that people (even myself) consider things like slender noses, light colored eyes, straight long hair, and lighter skin in some ways ‘eurocentric’ but its like there are plenty PoC have those features naturally and have had them forever. It makes me feel weird when I hear people say things like ‘oh jourdan dunn is a top model right now because she has eurocentric features, she looks like a white girl with dark skin’ or ‘beyonce/rihanna/any light skin wit light eyes fits eurocentric beauty standards’ even though i totally understand and agree (on the surface any way because yes we know whites favor those features as opposed to other features PoC have) but its like i wonder who decided that these features where eurocentric?
especially when there are european people who don’t have light eyes and straight hair and slender noses, heck some of them don’t even have light skin and are considered ‘tan’ or ‘swarthy’.
like who decided those types of features belong to white people so much that they should always be associated with whiteness even tho not all white people look like that and there are so many PoC who have had those features for just as long as white people (not even talking about mixed poc)
idk it boggles my mind.
like who started that?
I was thinking about this the other day a lot. I get so annoyed when people say someone has eurocentric features, when really what they have are features that fit the white standard of beauty. but most people have gotten into this very gross habit of applying narrow/thin features and looser hair textures with white people; esp black americans, bc I think we have a very narrow view of what other black people look like and we tend to think our features are universal, and when other black people in the diaspora don’t have those, we other them and tell them they look like other races/ethnicities
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I disagree! Prince certainly isn’t the only dude babe who can work the flashy midriff.
emoji-nation. part 2.
Lakshmi Menon by Horst Diekgerdes for Elle, December 2010