A survey finding that Black women have amazing self esteem show comes as no surprise to other Black women. We’ve been teaching our sisters, daughters, moms friends and, even, ourselves that we are worth more than any racial or stereotypical label we’ve been given. But, it is just nice to see how “newsworthy” our Black beauty is to others.
Glamour and beauty brand L’Oréal Paris recently teamed up to survey 2,000 women across the country about what it means to be a woman in 2017. They covered all sorts of topics, from sexual orientation and body image to social media and confidence.
One finding that stood out: Black women reported higher self-esteem than our white or Hispanic counterparts.
“They were far more likely to describe themselves as successful (44 percent said so, compared with 30 percent of white women and 21 percent of Hispanic) and beautiful (59 percent, versus 25 and 32 percent),” reported Glamour. Black women also have better overall body image. “Fifty-six percent say ‘I am proud of the person I am becoming,’ and 47 percent say ‘I am happy the way that I am.’ (For white women, those figures are just 37 and 34 percent.)”
Dr. Jean Twenge, Ph.D. also said those numbers are pretty consistent with other similar surveys. “Research shows black women score higher on self-esteem than women of other races and ethnicities, which may seem surprising, given the long history of prejudice and discrimination they have faced,” she said.
“Growing up, black women are taught you’re strong, you’re beautiful, you’re smart, you’re enough,” continued Dr. Twenge. “And, that mind-set is passed down from generation to generation as a defense mechanism against discrimination. The more confident you are, the better equipped you’ll be to deal with racism.”
We couldn’t agree more! As Black women, we’ve been told all our lives from those who don’t look like us that we are not enough or too much: in skin color, hair texture, lip size, beauty, body, voice – everything – only to see it misappropriated and celebrated on everybody but us. Of course that still weighs down, but, thankfully, we’ve been present enough to love ourselves even before it was on trend to be #Blackgirlmagic, have curves or rock natural hair. In fact, we’ve learned to use our “black girl magic” to turn negatives into positives and shine through in spite of our situations.
Kudos to (all of) the women surveyed for finding the beauty in themselves and we look forward to more and more of us finding the beauty in us regardless of social and stereotypical pressures.