For Brown Girls · Karyn Washington · Light skin vs. Dark skin · Low self-esteem

She committed suicide because of her skin color!


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She was the founder of “For Brown Girls” an initiative to encourage dark skinned women to celebrate their beauty. At just 22 years old, she committed suicide in what many believe was due to her low self-esteem issues.

Karyn Washington launched her #DarkSkinRedLip initiative after rapper A$ap Rocky cautioned dark skinned girls against wearing red lipstick.  The mission of both of her endeavors was to encourage darker skinned women to celebrate their beauty.

The story has gotten the attention of those who feel that the African American community can often become fixated on skin color as a way of measuring a woman’s beauty.  

Although no one knows if these self-esteem issues directly contributed to Washington’s passing, it is clear that they didn’t make her life better. Not in her mind anyway, which is why I did the show in October 2012 on light skin vs. dark skin because it is a sad state and mentality that some women of color suffer and believe.

Sad.

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61 thoughts on “She committed suicide because of her skin color!

  1. ANYTIME a person commits suicide, self esteem be it in reference to physical appearance, finances, self doubt, addiction etc – is LOW. 😦

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  2. How will other young fair skinned girls who looked up to this beautiful girl feel now? 😥 Her intentions were apparently good, but it was just a mask. I am angry, but I pray for her soul

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      1. is it me or did Tracy change the layout of this blog again
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        She most certainly did !!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. I was tortured in school because of my dark complexion. I could only find sanity in my ability to succeed academically. Now…as an adult I learned to love the skin I am in. I encourage PARENTS to be a shoulder of support for their children who are suffering from the same thing.

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    1. Young sisters, love yourself because GOD don’t make mistakes. This is a tragedy
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      CoSign alot of women have self-esteem issues. You’d be surprised.

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      1. Young sisters, love yourself because GOD don’t make mistakes. This is a tragedy
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        da truff indeed

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      2. Young sisters, love yourself because GOD don’t make mistakes. This is a tragedy
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        Amen CeoDawg!

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      3. Young sisters, love yourself because GOD don’t make mistakes. This is a tragedy
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        Amend and Amend again!

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  4. The continued degradation of brown women and the implication that we are only maury povich watching welfare collecting, drama queens, pisses me off!!

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  5. I honestly can say I’ve neva favored a light skin black person over a dark 1 just because of complexion.Beauty is how well groomed u are & good hygiene habits.A light skin person is not automatically more beautiful than a dark skin person because tha color of their skin.I’m attracted 2 people by their character & their actions.

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  6. Her skin color and the red lipstick mess was a cover up. She had some deep rooted demons she didn’t get help for and couldn’t cope. We need to pay more attention and stop saying oh they just depressed, it runs much deeper. Without help it’s usually suicide. I pray her soul RIP

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  7. Lord have mercy Jesus!!!
    When someone’s hope and morals become so low, that the only out they see is to end their lives. This is what real pain looks like. 😦 Jesus !

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