Here we go again… another attack on dark-skinned girls and this time it’s the persistent ‘can dark skinned girls wear certain colors of lipstick?’.
Not only is some of the beauty advice given by the rapper A$AP Rocky quite misguided, it is also a great example of what many men seem to be doing; having a dig at women and telling us what we can/can’t and should/shouldn’t be doing.
This is what A$AP Rocky has had to say about red lipstick:
“But for real, for me, I feel like with the red lipstick thing it all depends on the pair of complexion. I’m just being for real. You have to be fair-skinned to get away with that. Just like if you were to wear like—f*cking for instance, what do dark skin girls have that you know fair-skinned girls can’t do… Purple lipstick? Naw, that looks stupid on all girls! Purple lipstick, guys! Like, what the f*ck…”
So A$AP clearly hasn’t seen these women with beautiful complexions who are completely rocking the red lipstick:
And the purple lipstick:
A$AP must have been living under a rock! These women look beautiful with the colors he says they shouldn’t be wearing.
A$AP also made a another comment in that interview that confirmed that no one should really take his beauty advice that seriously:
“For black people, dirt actually makes our hair grow. I know you probably don’t believe it, but it’s true. I wash my hair once a week.”
Erm… ‘dirt’? Sounds like he hasn’t moved on from the old wives tale taught to pretty much all of us when we were kids… but A$AP says he washes his hair once a week (sounds good to me) and his hair also looks good, so I suppose he’s doing something right.
A$AP is a man and he’s also a rapper. Rappers don’t have a good track record of saying nice things about women, particularly black women. I really would have preferred for him (and any guy really) to not attempt to tell us what we should wear… isn’t it up to us? Confident women dress for themselves, not always to please or impress men.
Of course A$AP is entitled to his opinion, but I really don’t feel comfortable about people hiding offensive comments under the 1st Amendment. Keep your views to yourself if it marginalize a group of people!
Lastly, there are many factors that can make a particular shade of lipstick look good and not look good on someone; regardless of skin-tone. However, I do get that particular shades of lipsticks may not suit everyone… I mean, isn’t that why we have many shades of lipsticks?
What are your views on A$AP’s beauty tips? Was he right to say what he said?