Tika Sumpter Sends Inspiring Message Brown Girls: I Hope You Know Your Skin Is Gorgeous
Tika Sumpter took time today send an inspiring post to send her legion of fans, specifically young Black women who look up to her, as she is one Hollywood’s most prominent women of color. The Haves and the Have Nots star tweeted,
“Dear brown girls, I hope you see yourselves in me. I hope I make you proud. I hope you know your worthy of everything this earth has to offer. I hope you know your skin is gorgeous, and you are the descendant of greatness. YOU are it. That’s the tweet.”
Alternative R&B singer and member of Danity Kane, Dawn Richard commented on her post saying “A queen” while a fan wrote
“I saw myself in you the moment I saw you on Gossip Girl when I was in middle school. Representation is sooo important!! Thank you ??”.
Sumpter isn’t a stranger to talking about colorism in the Black community. In 2016, the Long Island-native penned an essay for Hello Beautiful where she spoke about her own experience with being a dark-skinned Black woman saying,
“Of course, I did experienced my share of hurtful reactions to my skin color, but thankfully, only after I was an adult. Who hasn’t heard the obligatory, ‘You’re pretty for a dark-skin girl’? Or my personal favorite, ‘I usually don’t date dark-skin women, but you’re so beautiful.’ That one really warms the heart. But in reality, the most disturbing aspect of all of this is that those comments were most often made by men with exactly the same skin tone as my own.”
She also mentioned how important her role as Raina Thorpe on CW’s Gossip Girl meant to young women saying,
“I was truly unprepared for the tremendous impact I’d have while on that show. Each week I’d get the tons of letters from mothers, grandmothers, and young girls literally thanking me for simply existing. They wrote me saying they’d never seen a woman that looked like me on television before.”
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