“This is not shame. This is cringing each time I hear somebody say the word ‘makeup’ as if it is a curse word.”
Not everyone finds empowerment by going makeup-free. In this performance of “In My Skin” at the 2015 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival, Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley speaks of for all of us who are tired of our makeup being equated with vanity or self-hate.
iCon has struggled with acne, eczema, hyper pigmentation, and more – and she’s not ashamed to count makeup as one of her powerful tools for survival. If you can relate to her struggles, we hope these incredible words can help remind you that you don’t have to feel ashamed.
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- Judging Others, Avoiding Ourselves: Grappling with Body Negativity
- Authentically Loving the Skin I’m in – ‘Flaws’ and All
Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley is a spoken word artist and performer who was recently featured “Verses and Flow” and is currently the host of the popular “Rhythm & Rhymes Spoken Word Performing Arts Series”, a monthly open mic at the Alexandria Museum of Art in her hometown. She is also working on “The Little Girls, Big Names Project” after the international attention garnered by her acclaimed poem, “To All the Little Black Girls With Big Names” after it was featured on Upworthy. Check her out on Facebook and on Twitter @iCONtheARTIST.
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