For Black Girls seeks to validate and celebrate black girl beauty through the arts and media.
A world that embraces the significance and importance of black girl beauty.
Whether that girl is…
dark skinned – brown skinned – light skinned – multi-racial – tall – short – fat – skinny – plump – natural – twisted – locked – weaved – straight – braided – curly – old – young – highly educated – uneducated – married – single – divorced – heterosexual – homosexual – bisexual – a mother – childless – Christian – Muslim – Jewish – spiritualist – Catholic – Buddhist – Bahai – atheist
We celebrate and embrace ALL black beauty.
What started for Ruby L. Taylor, M.S.W., and her niece Bria Fernandez as a happy trip to New York City to bask in culture at the Studio Museum in Harlem turned into a disappointing revelation about so-called “black beauty.” While experiencing the popular exhibit Jet Beauty of The Week, Ruby watched the joy drain from her niece’s face when she realized that the images of beauty celebrated a complexion and hue that did not remotely resemble her own..
Although there was a sprinkling of dark-skinned beauties in the exhibit, it was nearly one-dimensional and did not even try to represent the remarkable spectrum of black beauty. We as black women come in all different shades, sizes, heights, and hairstyles. But the exhibit only portrayed one look: light-skinned, tall, thin, and with curly or straight hair.
“I was encouraged to create a platform for girls and women to showcase their inner as well as their outer beauty. Joining forces with the talented Shanequa Gay to create the “For Black Girls” project has truly been magical, and has led to the creation of something much bigger than I envisioned.” ~ Ruby L. Taylor
Rev. Vondol Hammond
Dr. Amanda Kemp
Dr. Kesha Morant Williams
“Each time I’ve seen “Beautiful Me” it has been deeply affecting. It made me scrutinize messages I see in the media more closely, see movies and music videos differently… This is a testament to the power of film, and why it is so important that films like yours be made and seen.”
— Sara McDermott Jain, Prindie Fest
“The Lancaster Teenage Girls Empowerment Summit provided an opportunity for nearly 200 7th grade girls to preview the trailer “Beautiful Me”.
The young ladies were shocked when the filmmaker, Ruby Taylor, typed the word “beauty” into a Google search. They saw society’s perception of “beauty” – image after image of women who looked nothing like them. These images plague social media, our community, and the world we live in, creating a very limiting narrative about who is beautiful.
The response from these 7th graders (mostly girls of color) was astonishing. It let me know this documentary, “Beautiful Me” has the power to transform lives by assisting women, especially women of color, to embrace the ‘skin they are in,’ and combat their fears and feelings of inferiority by promoting African American beauty.”
— Rev. Vondol Hammond, Founder of The Lancaster Teenage Girls Empowerment Summit