How Representation Turns Beauty Into Power

Cherie user Tara Haggerty shares her story of how representation helped her find self love and acceptance.
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Feb. 26, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories, whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! It can be argued that self love is the pinnacle of our well-being; it's what enriches our lives and makes the things we do that much better. That face mask you put on isn't self love, but the action you put behind it is: you're taking a moment to care for yourself through the act of skincare. While we know that skincare is a symptom of self love and not a definer of it, we still have to wonder, how do we get to self love? Anyone can agree it's a journey that we each define on our own. In this Cherie Profile, Cherie user Tara Haggerty shares her journey to self-love growing up as an adopted child. My Hair, My Power"I'm Black and grew up with White parents. I thankfully grew up with parents who celebrated diversity, however I did grow up in a predominantly White neighborhood where I didn't see a lot of people like me to look up to. My parents always told me how beautiful my hair was, but I still wanted to have straight hair like my siblings when I was twelve, so throughout high school, I relaxed and flat ironed my hair. Fast forward to my senior year of high school, when the natural hair movement started and I began to see so many Black Women embrace their natural curls. I followed their lead and started growing my hair out — I hadn't seen my hair curly in probably five years at that point! Now, my hair is completely natural and I absolutely love my curls."
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Representation Matters. Period."Even though my parents encouraged me to embrace and love my hair naturally, I still wanted to have straight hair like my siblings, because that's all I saw. Once I saw my own hair represented more and more, I took part in the movement of natural hair. This is the power of representation. It's being led by example to fully accept who you are and that you are never alone. It is important to see someone in a position of power who does look like you, so you don't see limitations of what you can do. The first time I had a doctor that looked like me was in my 20s, and I didn't realize it would have such an affect on me, but it was so inspiring to see a Black Woman in such a high position, because I felt like I could do that, too."A Better Beauty World"Representation is not just one person. It's not the one gorgeous, ideal-looking person who represents the entire ethnicity. There is so much out there! When companies start catering to that, they gain new audiences. I never used to wear foundation because they didn't make any for me. When I finally started wearing it, it was because ranges finally got extended into darker shades."
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Lead By Example"I had to learn that it's ok to be fully comfortable in just being me, and being who I was created to be. Seeing people like me do the same is what really helped me get to this place, and the guidance of my family also accepting me fully. I believe now that beauty is in the candid moments, and beauty products can be a form of taking care of ourselves, and a source of fun! I take pride in being a Young Black Woman, and I can be the role model I needed when I was a young girl."Tara's Most-Loved Beauty Products
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