Black people are so black
Here’s the story. Thai press has been all over the article on People Magazine
that has applauded Lupita Nyong’o to be the most beautiful person in the world this year.
She was born on March 1st, 1983 in Mexico but grew up in Kenya.
Currently, she resides in Brooklyn, New York. She can speak four languages
English, Spanish, and two Kenyan dialects, which are Swahili and Lwo.
She started her acting studies when she was fourteen with support from her family.
She graduated from Hampshire College with a bachelor’s degree in film and theatre studies
as well as Yale School of Drama with a master’s degree in acting.
During her study at Yale, she won the Herschel Williams Prize
, the award given to acting students with outstanding ability.
She admitted that she used to not having confidence in her look because her friends
made fun of her skin color during childhood. It was to the point where she would ask God to make her look whiter.
When she woke up every morning, she found that her prayer was not granted.
However, she started to have confidence in her skin color and started to be proud of it
when she got to know the colored supermodel, Alex Wek.
Nyong’o hopes that her success today will inspire young girls to be proud of their natural beauty.
Currently, she is the first colored ambassador of Lancome.
After hearing about the news, some Thai people criticize her beauty.
Not only they do not think she is beautiful, they also express that those who think that she is are insane.
Many have written racist comments. For instance, “…beautiful and the most black in the world”
and “if I had a skin-headed haircut with charcoal painted all over me, I’d be the most beautiful person as well,”
and so on. Thai people who are pissed by the news argue that Nyong’o is not the most beautiful person.
The poll from People Magazine is based on American’s point of view, do not count Thai’s view of beauty.
It makes more sense to be the most beautiful in the country, not in the world.
They also think that People Magazine probably surveyed caucasians or only Africans in Africa.
Therefore, it is more accurate to say that Nyong’o is the most beautiful person in Africa.
If People Magazine were to complete the survey on Thai people, she would not make it to the top.
They even question if People Magazine is for African American readers.
If black people are beautiful, why ninety-nine percent of women want to be white.
There is a comment asking if ninety-nine percent of women is referred to Thai women only.
Thailand is the only one that obsesses with being white as a lot of Thai women
have spent some fortune on claimed whitening pills.
One comment states that beauty does not depend on skin colors but depends on many thing.
Additionally, Nyong’o has very nice complexion, facial structure,
as well as defined muscles that shape her body beautifully.
She has a fashion sense and is smart, judging from how she appears and speaks in the public.
If these are not enough for her to be beautiful, it is because she is black, isn’t it? Really??
Developed countries do not judge beauty based mainly on skin color.
Racist Thais are against Thais who try to explain how beautiful Nyong’o is.
They challenge other Thais to buy and take pills that would make them black if those pills were made.
They do not see any beauty in black people with thick lips and a wide forehead
that reflects light even after lightening their skin in Photoshop.
Nonracist Thais criticizes the racist Thais that only them, with a third-world attitude,
would consider being white, wearing braces, acting cute, small boobs, and pursed lips beautiful.
One comment asks if black is considered beautiful, why there are only a few African models on magazine covers.
Responses name some names such as Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Tyra Banks, and Rihanna as examples.
They also consider racism to be unacceptable and evil, only Thailand think that racism is funny.
If those racist Thais were overseas and experienced racism against them, they would know how it feels.
The racist Thais defend that they are not racist; they just prefer white skin over black skin.
People around the world would choose white skin over black. They also criticize the nonracist Thais
to be overly westernized, believing in whatever said by westerners and not contemplating
if Nyong’o is really beautiful as claimed by the magazine.
The nonracist Thais tell the racist Thais not to use their Thai standard to judge international beauty.
People around the world judge beauty based on character, not race.
They also tell the racist Thais to reflect on themselves that it is racism against black people
if they think black skin is never beautiful. They should step outside Thailand and see the whole world
if they assume that all white people always prefer like white skin. In fact, people of colors are quite popular.
Those Thais who judge beauty based on skin tone maintain their ground of white equals beauty.
One of them even compares Nyong’o to tribal people that still live and hunt in forests;
Miss Universe is much prettier than her.
Note that Leila Lopes was Miss Universe of 2011, and she is black.
Ah, how will this drama end? If Nyong’o was born in Thailand, where in society would she be?