Let's start with home, the U.S.A:
Plastic surgeries performed on people of color jumped 65% when compared to the 38% by the overall population.
The most popular surgeries for Blacks and Hispanics- nose jobs! Ugh....
Recently, Pepa (Sandra Denton- Jamaican American) from Salt N' Pepa underwent a nose job joining the ranks of Patti Labelle and Vivica A. Fox. She, like them, in my honest opinion, looks a hot mess. See the before and after (on the right):
Moving along, $50 Million= the amount Black Women spend on Relaxers! Wow! What if that money was spent on education or feeding the homeless or just loving ourselves!
I have no idea how much women of color spend on weave. But I suspect it greatly surpasses the cost of relaxers annually. I don't think Chrissette Michelle has a relaxer but she definitely has a weave. I miss her looking au naturel. Check out the before and after:
And what do women of color all have in common as far as erasing our ethnicities? Naturally, Sophia's number one pet peeve colored contact lenses. In the US alone, 2.7 million colored contacts were purchased last year. My number one concern is the teens that buy the lenses are not getting them fitted. Even worse, they are buying clear contact lenses and adding food color to them. This can and does cause blindness! Don't believe me, read here:
Besides colored contacts never look as real as the real thing. I have known a few men of color with blue eyes and a few more with hazel. Colored contacts look like a cheap imitation in comparison. I think we all should examine the ways we erase our ethnicity.
I love my ethnicity and think it's worth preserving.