As the sun shines on all of my glory, my flaws don’t look so bad at all. What was I so afraid of? – Jazmine Sullivan, Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)
My eyes ain’t used to these rays
I’m feeling exposed, but I can’t hide no more
I can’t hide
As the sun shines on all of my glory
My flaws don’t look so bad at all
What was I so afraid of?
Every part of me is a vision of a portrait
Of Mona, of Mona Lisa
Every part of me is beautiful
And I finally see I’m a work of art
It is Black Music Month and as such it is really important that we highlight and celebrate Black women in music. This classic from Jazmine Sullivan is a really wonderful way to remember to love ourselves unconditionally. Flaws and all. No matter what. Sometimes the all too critical voice inside us insists we aren’t worthy. So many things about society tells us the same but they lie. We lie to ourselves when we buy into a narrative that says we aren’t a vision.
We are works of art. We are precious works of art. Every single one of us, no exceptions. It is important to practice embracing ourselves, fully and loving, even the things we can’t change about ourselves. We are so often told we are too rough, too loud, too much, too hard to love. We are often asked to make ourselves smaller, quieter, more palpable.
We will not be doing that anymore, not in this space. WE ARE GLORIOUS BROWN GIRLS.
If no one has told you yet today, you matter, you are loved! Be the masterpiece you were always meant to be, unapologetically.