Confessions of a D Girl: Colorism and Global Standards of Beauty | Chika Okoro | TEDxStanford

Confessions of a D Girl: Colorism and Global Standards of Beauty | Chika Okoro | TEDxStanford



If you look like me, you’re used to colorism, says Stanford Graduate Business School student Chika Okoro. She calls the phenomenon known as colorism – discrimination against those with a darker skin tone — “both as sinister and as subtle as racism.” In a world where light skin, light eyes and long “real” hair are sought after features, Okoro tells us how she copes, and what we can do to unlearn this deep rooted, destructive mindset.

Chika Okoro is a second year MBA student at Stanford. Passionate about race and gender equality, she is excited to raise awareness about the many issues that women of color face around the world. She hopes that her talk will start a conversation about important issues that people are less vocal about today. While at Stanford Chika is an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow providing leadership coaching and training to MBA 1st year students. Before coming to Stanford she worked at Procter & Gamble as an assistant brand manager and spent last summer at Google as a product-marketing manager. Chika holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University where she wrote her honors thesis on race and identity in the black community.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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  • Aliyahbhat Bhat Reply

    👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • beautiful life Reply

    Why why why why why…..

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Joshua Barton Reply

    My tounge would move like a dog drinking water!!!! Yummy

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • maharaja101 Reply

    Whatever the global standard of beauty is, she got it

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Kaede Sakura Reply

    why do people sit in the sun and get tanned then?

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Arjun Nandrajog Reply

    i agree with everything but the third actress on the slide is aishwarya rai and she is naturally a fair skinned indian actress…and this problem of light skin vs dark skin is also quite prevalent in india..

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Jessica Reply

    She is genuinely so pretty omg

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Piman Mann Jaques Reply

    That outfit. smh Good speech though.

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Pheng Phichvilan Reply

    Her face looks angry lol

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • امير ااحسيني Reply

    سفخقهصصلة2م001

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Asher West Reply

    we are all beautiful…that can be seen in the lenses of love. keep falling in love

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Moonlight Bae Reply

    🤜🏻🤛🏿

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Miguel Leon Reply

    Racism at its best why does it still happen

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Zender 2016 C Reply

    👏

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Flawless gogo Reply

    gosh is no one talking about how inappropraite her outfit is???

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Manoj Kumar Reply

    I don't know mam how to speak enģlish.

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Manoj Kumar Reply

    I want to speak english. as ĺiķe u .can u teach me.

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Manoj Kumar Reply

    You speak very well

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Manoj Kumar Reply

    U àre greàt mam

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Manoj Kumar Reply

    Mam you are so beautyful

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Angelic TroubleMaker Reply

    Yet it is okay for you to rock your 20" Brazilian Hair EXTENSION. 😏SO IN THE END U TAKE THE WEAVE OUT?!!!! OH YOU DONT….😏

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Angelic TroubleMaker Reply

    The outfit sis…😏

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Larissa Ngwe Reply

    Stop letting society define your level of beauty!! You are a child of God. Your beauty is unmeasurable!!!

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • It's time to stop Reply

    Honey you have permed hair and talk like the 80’s valley girl from the breakfast club. Embrace yourself then we can talk.

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • stereotypea123 Reply

    All the guys in the comments section who are only commenting on her looks are missing the whole point. You are still judging her worth based only on her appearance.

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • scorpio777 scorpio777 Reply

    I think things are looking up

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • scorpio777 scorpio777 Reply

    The asked the wrong kids

    May 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm

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