This is a blog about discovering myself, and reminding myself to be me. I welcome anyone willing to join this crazy ride, and I assure you I will be sending love and blessings along your way! Peace!!!!


"Wealth diminishes with usage; learning increases with use." - Nigeria

Happy Independence day to Nigeria!!



Barbapapa, photographer Isabelle Chapuis 

this is fuckin brilliant

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Hello Dr. Blay,

I’m Hannah Eko, I currently live in Brooklyn, NY and I LOVE your site. I grew up very tall, dark skinned, and Nigerian-American in Orange County, CA. It was fairly rare for my type of “pretty” to be affirmed by my peers. Thankfully,  I was a smart girl and even though I had my bad days, the entirety of “Dark Girls” was NOT my story. I wear red and pink lipstick like it’s my job. I’m now 6’3” and was recently crowned Miss Tall International 2014 :) Today, I am proud of both my height and my skin and wouldn’t change either for the world, but I’m very aware that this isn’t how mainstream beauty guardians may see my presence. In the end, my self-worth and the self-worth of other girls and women who look like me cannot be left up to the decisions of these crowds. We must learn to see our own beauty through our own eyes. This is why  I thank you so much for your work. We all need reminders that we are #prettyperiod. 

Hanna Eko
Miss Tall International 2014
Picture #2 by Diana McClure


one time my parents had an argument because my dad bought a bald cap for $2.70 but he was already bald

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