Today, in 2012, women who have lighter skin, are the object of beauty solely because of their skin tone. Black celebrities and role models are put on magazine covers with a photoshopped masks of fairer skin. Slurs like, “She’s pretty for a dark skinned girl” are thrown around, sadly, by people of our own race. We are force-fed the idea those only those of lighter skin are beautiful. On TV, the prominent black characters we see are mostly light skinned, and there are even instances where a dark skinned character is replaced with a lighter skinned character. We are given daily dosages of subliminal messaging telling us that what we were born with is not enough, or up to par. We cannot spend our lives trying to live up to media-influenced notions of beauty. How can we expect the world to appreciate us in all the tones and shades that we come in, if we cannot appreciate ourselves? Why should a young girl feel like she is ugly because she is dark-skinned or has kinky hair?