Lip injections, butt lifts, more cloning of black women
Pro-surgery or not, blackfishing is frustrating
On Sunday, I was trying to enjoy the latest episode of “Euphoria,” but those lips were ruining the whole show for me. Some of you know exactly who I’m talking about without naming the actress. In what should’ve been a very tense and eye-catching scene of the show, I couldn’t stop staring at Chloe Cherry and these bright red blow-up doll lips. And a casual glance at her TikTok account will confirm that she really really likes to make her lips look fuller than they are.
“BET Presents The Encore” had the same equally distracting moments. Only this time it was in the form of Aubrey O’Day, who you may originally know from “Making the Band” and Danity Kane but was a real piece of work in the new group BluPrint. Again, I see the overdone lip fillers — and an Instagram account with her re-creating the big ass of Cardi B. on “WAP.”
All I can do is sigh — for all the black women with naturally full lips, child-bearing hips, and apple- and peach-bottom butts who have historically been shamed for being “fat.” That is, until the Kardashian/Jenner clan (minus Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall “Pepsi-Stops-Cops” Jenner) came along and basically pulled a Mrs. Potato Head on us all.
Although I keep hearing that imitation is the biggest form of flattery, this Xerox trend is not feeling like praise. Imagine centuries’ worth of ridicule about being too shapely or too dark only for a segment of the population to try to tan to be your complexion, get butt injections to get your shape and stick needles in their lips to get your plump lips.
Imagine centuries’ worth of ridicule about being considered “unprofessional” for having a certain type of hair grade only for a segment of the population to copy that style and give credit to non-black women like Bo Derek.
Would that feel like admiration to you?
Even more mind-boggling, imagine repeatedly running into men whose aunts, mothers, cousins, sisters, aunties and grandmothers look like you, but they’re more attracted to the melanin-free version of you — with the same parts. Manufactured build, hairstyle, complexion and silhouette that they did not “get from their mommas.” Now throw in an accent and the slang to seal the deal, a la Iggy Azalea. This is a trend that is difficult to accept.