I started beauty blogging specifically because I couldn’t completely relate to any of the bloggers I came across at the beginning of my natural hair journey. Even though I was searching for hair tips like most when following a blog it is the chemistry or connection you feel to the blogger that keeps you coming back to their videos or post.
I enjoyed and still do, watching SunKissAlba. She is a beautiful Dominican blogger with gorgeous curly locks. (She is an advocate of natural living, is very knowledgeable and offers great tips, https://www.youtube.com/user/SunKissAlba.) It was an instant connection because of the cultural similarities, I even had the pleasure of meeting her in person. But yet we are also very culturally different. She is a perfect example of what most people define as a Latina woman, tan skin with fine curls “pelo bueno” in the words of an average Dominican.
I on the other hand am dark making our experience as Latina women totally different from each other. Dark skin is not what the average person thinks off when describing a Latina often making it difficult for us to feel like we belong because in a sense we feel rejection from both cultures. Too dark to be Latina but too Spanish to be Black whether that means accent or customs.
Miss Rizos is another beautiful Dominican blogger whom I have a lot of admiration for. Not only because she is dark like I am but because she has and continues to break a lot of the cultural barriers and myths in the Dominican Republic in regards to “pelo bueno/pelo malo,” good hair/bad hair. She has helped many love their curls/kinks/afro which ever way you choose to call it.
Loving your kinks has little to do with hair and everything to with self-love. Applying a straightener to your hair to be culturally fit or feel beautiful is wrong and hurts our self-esteem. And that is what Miss Rizos is all about empowering natural beauty. Check her out at http://missrizos.com/
Many Dominicans or Latinos choose to ignore their black heritage. But truth is we are mixed; African, European, etc a mixture that’s complicated to track but it exist despite people’s need to hide it. I truly don’t understand why people stress color and heritage so much. I am proud of being an Afro-Latina but before any race I am a creation of God, my color/heritage does not define me. I am human with unique qualities and virtues which is what makes Emily Emily.
I shared a post about my experience as an Afro-Latina back in 2014, it’s linked it to this post for those who haven’t read it. https://unveiledglamour.com/2014/10/02/the-awkward-in-between/
All Latina with different skin colors and hair textures but all BEAUTIFUL ❤