Eye Color Privilege

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012

There was a time when one of the most attractive and untouched qualities about a woman was the natural twinkle in her eye.

Unfortunately, nowadays, on top of the fake hair, fake nails, surgical enhancements, and, in some instances, skin lighteners as well as fake-and-bake tans, you might find yourself looking into a Black woman’s eyes, and being greeted with a lavender iris. Quite an impossible hue for a sister, by any natural measures.

Quite like matching a cell phone case to an outfit, having your eye color in sync with your mood and/or your wardrobe, is becoming the next tier in fashion mayhem, and possibly the latest set back to celebrating natural beauty, and our ethnicity. This is called eye color privilege. It’s new phenomenon taking over the Black community as self-expression and the definition of beauty finds newer channels to encompass.

Contact lenses were once a product used for individuals needing vision assistance. They were designed as a visionary solution in lieu of glasses, to offer the necessary eye prescription but with a feel of never having needed glasses. Tossing in the color aspect made the idea of wearing contact lenses more of a creative option, like picking out your frames at the eye doctor. Yet everyday people are having lenses custom made as a way to lighten up their eye color, and step out of their ethnicity.

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