Celebrities on Twitter are known for a bit of hyperbole, but when Rihanna shared a picture of Beyonce with her tweeps, she gushed about Bey’s looks. Although many have tried to paint the two as rivals, Rihanna gave Beyonce major kudos when she said that a picture of the glammed up diva could “single handedly destroy the self esteem of an entire nation.”

While Beyonce is looking quite fab in the photo and Rihanna’s comments were meant as compliment, she might just be onto something.

Increasingly young women are trying their hardest to live up to the unrealistic (and expensive) examples set forth by their favorite celebs. Weaves, designer clothes, expensive accessories, and luxurious grooming habits are increasingly being lauded by our culture causing young girls to think that in order to be valued they need to follow these examples.

Although parents play a strong role in shaping a young woman’s self-esteem, pop culture also plays a role in how we see ourselves.

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  • I think people are deliberately choosing ignorance by to not even really bothering to look deep enough into the subtext, because of the person who raised the question. Even if Rih didn’t intentionally mean to raise the issue, she put it in the spotlight, and it’s our job to ruminate upon the issues of our times, because we are the people of our times.

    (Granted this is not “The Crisis” and this whole dialogue might really gain some traction elsewhere, hopefully it stays in the back of people minds as they watch what the media chooses to portray as the image and face of Black Women as this decade continues)

    Once upon a time there was “The Beauty Myth” by second wave Feminist Susan Sontag, it was a writing the reflected a collective consciousness that the media at the time was thrusting upon White Women. What we are seeing now is “The White Beauty Myth”, the media and consumer industry is finally going FULL force against the esteem of Black Women.

    We are in a time now when people are dying of butt injections, skin bleaching is not a hush-hush thing, it’s a multi-million dollar industry! I think it is safe to say it is time to bring this conversation to our classrooms and dinner tables. This might not effect the people sound enough with the critical reasoning skills to read and post on this blog; but we need to turn our eyes to the people who are really under attack, the life long consumers; The Children.

    Picture the 14 year old girl who is bombarded with images of Beyonce, Nicki and other Black celebrities that are famous on a global scale. These representations of “Us” present a serious problem. They are reflections of a singular ideal beauty standard, lauded as the superior and aspirational image for females of African descent. It is clearly one that relies heavily on phenotypically Caucasian features.

    When do you get your first weave? When do you get your first lacefront? When do you start wearing heels and makeup? What and whom inspires your to look this way? What is beautiful, Who is beautiful, and Why?

    These are the questions we need to ask the teenage Women of Color today, before Vh1 gives them the Answers.