Celebrating black women
‘Brown Skin Girl’ is the film’s wholesome cheerleader for racial celebration and equality. Set to the theme of a Debutante Ball, a western tradition marking a young woman’s entrance into society, Beyoncé wishes to fill historically white spaces with black faces and it is truly beautiful to watch.
Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o and Kelly Rowland are just a few of the many women to unapologetically grace the screen accompanied by Beyoncé’s affirming anthem. Just as beautiful is the film’s representation of the women of the Himba tribe who are shown helping each other cover their hair in red clay, a process called Otijize, to protect themselves from the sun.
The film’s representation of African maternal traditions and the contemporary black woman asks us to acknowledge the strength and beauty of these figures. Refreshing and completely diverse: that’s what we like to see.