All in Complexion

Jen, Race2Share

 

“I started appreciating myself more when I stopped worrying about getting soaked under the sun. The more I spent time outdoor training, the more I got better and stronger! I was very conscious at first because of the comments I would get about ‘being dark,’ but I learned to shrug them off when I started seeing positive results from all the training I had done. Founding Race2Share has been a learning process, with its own birthing pains that eventually translated to gains. This was my most defining moment as a woman: that there is no pre-requisite on gender when you run an organisation -- it really ‘just’ requires full commitment and passion to make it all work! What inspired me to start R2S is the deep eagerness to utilize sports as a platform to reach out to a community and gather individuals to make the sporting environment more inclusive for everyone. One of my favorite moments was when we raised funds (thanks to the supportive community in Singapore!) and send all our Filipino Domestic Worker members to participate in one of the major dragon boat race in SG - we didn't win any medals, but being able to play in that equal field against strong dragon boat teams was a monumental WIN for us.” - Jen, Race2Share

Kris of the makeupaddicts.com

"Before my enthusiasm with makeup began, I was merely an observant. I would watch my mom get her makeup done until eventually, I would get my turn on the chair. Not knowing much at a young age, I watched artists put on the wrong shade of foundation on me - something that was a lot lighter. And it was really through the series of hits and misses that I wanted to learn to do it on myself. No matter how beautiful the makeup was, I'd feel uncomfortable staring at someone that wasn’t really me. It would be too pale but at that time, being fair was more beautiful than being tan. Fast forward to ten years later, although I am now good at putting my own makeup, when the time comes that I need a makeup artist, I always tell them 'I go for the bronze look.' Besides hoarding makeup, I love seeing people happy in their skin. Seeing people unapologetically happy. I love that. I love the innocence in it and I wish that on everyone."

Alice

When I started playing football, my mom would always be concerned with how dark my skin would be. She wouldn’t really stress that sun exposure wasn’t good for my skin (which I found out the hard way so always wear sunblock) but rather I wouldn’t look good in darker skin. However, I embraced my tan and felt beautiful in it. Being tan meant that I was out all day enjoying the sport I love or I was having fun at the beach. Being dark wasn’t much of a sacrifice because being able to play football gave me the empowerment I needed to fully accept and love myself. I was lucky that I was surrounded by teammates who never made our dark skin an issue but more of a thing to be proud of. The color of our skin was a testament to our achievements and commitment to football and I will always find that beautiful."

Czarina

"I like the word 'kayumanggi' (brown in Filipino). It leaves a smile on your face when you say it. That's my word for 'morena.' Very Filipino. I have very Filipino features, too. While I did try to lighten my complexion in the past, I found myself more beautiful in my natural color: Kayumanggi. I found myself beautiful just the way I am. So now I embrace my self, and nurture this gift that God gave me."