And why we're not okay with it. It's giving ''Beautiful for a Black Girl'' vibes.
Assuming that Anok Yai's features are European, is not only incorrect, but also perpetuates harmful stereotypes and biases. Anok Yai is a South-Sudanese American model known for her stunning beauty and successful modeling career. By assuming that her features are European, you are disregarding the diversity and richness of different cultures and ethnicities.
It is essential to challenge and dismantle these assumptions because they contribute to the erasure of Non-European beauty standards and reinforce Eurocentric ideals. Don't get me wrong here, this doesn't negate the beauty and existence of Eurocentric beauty standards.
Beauty should not be limited to one specific set of features or standards but should encompass the wide range of diversity that exists in this world. What may be considered beautiful in one culture may not be the same in another.
Lastly, saying ''Anok Yai's features look European'' erases her own identity and heritage. Embracing diversity and inclusivity means celebrating and appreciating the unique qualities that each person brings. Instead of trying to fit her into narrow and limiting beauty standards, why not try to educate ourselves about the diverse multifaceted beauty of the Black/African culture?