It’s no secret that women in entertainment industries are constrained by what society deems beautiful. For black women, that’s having light skin, smaller noses, non-kinky hair, and other Eurocentric facial features. From Lil Kim to Nicki Minaj, it’s clear that black women in music often have to—or rightfully choose to—show more skin and adjust to societal standards of beauty to catch the male gaze and gain larger popularity. But West Coast Rapper Kamaiyah is proving that not “fitting the mold” can be just as beautiful.
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