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A tall thin singermodel poses for the cover of a magazine Her hair is long and flowing Her eyes are a mixture of hazel and green her almond skin accentuates her petite nose and perfectly shaped lips Her name is Vanessa Williams and as a former Miss America she is a role model for young African-Americans Her almond skin is the ideal shade its not dark enough to be black but it is dark enough to be exotic Her hazel-green eyes are light unlike the dark brown eyes of most African-Americans Her long flowing hair is a feature most African-American women would die for Vanessa has all the features that many African-American women want and so she is considered the idea of beauty An African-Americans idea of beauty is to not have any features that are African-American You are seen as beautiful in America if you are an American Beauty An American Beauty is usually blonde with blue eyes and pale skin Women all over the United States covet every detail of her existence Especially African Americans A woman sits in a bar and watches as handsome men pick-up her friends Her friends of course all have toffee colored skin Her skin is the color of dark chocolate She sits alone as her friends have a good time Although her figure is near perfect and her hair and make-up are perfect she is not approached Even in second grade competition was fierce among the long-haired light-skinned girls in my second-grade class for the attention of boysCarolyn Edgar Black and Blue Mirror On America pp79 Dark skin is seen as an ugly feature in the African-American community In Anne Rices novel The Queen of the Damned all vampires including African vampires become beautiful- meaning they become as white as alabaster Toni Morrison explored the idea of beauty in her book The Bluest Eye In the book an unhappy eleven-year-old girl wishes
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