Over the weekend, beauty enthusiasts and professionals gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for Beautycon New York. During an on-stage conversation with Uber chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John yesterday (April 22), the actress talked about racism, colorism and representation in the entertainment industry.
“As a light-skinned Black woman, it’s important that I say, ‘Listen, I’m using my privilege and my platform to show you how much beauty there is in the African-American community,’” she says. “I am Hollywood’s, I guess you could say, acceptable version of a Black girl and that has to change. We’re vastly too beautiful and too interesting for me to just be the only representation of that.”
Watch the clip below.
“I am Hollywood’s acceptable version of a Black girl and that has to change. We’re vastly too beautiful and too interesting for me to be the only representation of that.” — #Zendaya in conversation with @BadAssBoz at #BeautyconNYC pic.twitter.com/wZaIrJm1Tw
— Danielle (@theislandiva) April 22, 2018