I did my makeup today for work. More than the usual eyebrows and foundation. A little mascara, a little gloss, some highlighter to floss. I enhanced my appearance just a tad bit more than it already is, because I am beautiful regardless. I wore a curly ombré wig to enhance my mood.
I walked into to work that morning, and was showered with compliments.
“Oh, I love your pretty hair”. “Long hair looks great on you”. “That lipstick really brightens your face”.
I wore my natural curls this morning. I washed my faced and moisturized it. It was soft as cotton, smooth as silk. I felt no need for makeup today.
I walked into work and heard a pin drop. No compliments, no stares, no wowing glares.
Why is my hair only pretty when it’s a lusciously flowing down my neck? Why does my face only brighten your day when it’s painted with pink lips or brown eyeshadow?
Why am I only beautiful the days I’m considerably someone else? Am I not accepted for who I really am?
Does my Afro offend you? Do my dark circles make you uncomfortable?
Does the real me frighten you?