The Gabrielle Union Story: Growing Up A Dark-Skin Girl

October 5, 2015

Once again Gabrielle Union has taken to her Global Grind blog to share some positive thoughts. She wants you to know that there's light at the end of the tunnel for dark skinned girls.

While sharing her story, Gabrielle talks about how it was for her growing up in an all white environment, and her struggles dealing with low self esteem.

“Emotionally, physically, spiritually… forced to deal with a lot of adult issues and situations…. I was going through MAJOR low self esteem. I was a black girl in an all white school in an all white community, never feeling good enough, but always being encouraged by my parents to be bigger, badder and better. And perfect is the standard… Then I’m starting to like guys…. I was like cool…until I got dumped…for a light skinned girl. And then that whole thing started. My hair isn’t straight enough. My nose isn’t pointy enough. My lips are too big. My boobs aren’t big enough.

In the business that I am in now, it is incredibly tough…. I’m just really fortunate to have people, friends I can call on at any hour. You don’t get a job, and you immediately want to blame it on, if my hair was different, or maybe if my nose…or they just want to go with light-skin girls, and you start to doubt yourself, and the self-doubts and the low self-esteem starts to creep in. When that happens I know that I can call on a good friend.”

Gabrielle's Message: “It is important to be that mentor, to be that guiding figure…. there is light at the end of the tunnel, and when a young person has a mentor, it only makes the light seem that much more real.”