What really makes a person beautiful? Beauty is set to be in the eye of the beholder. For so long European features was the set standard for beauty. It was a hard for a woman of color to be embraced and appreciated for their natural hair, face and body features. Today, more women are embracing their natural attributes and are becoming unapologetically black. Our melanin shouldn’t be shamed. It should symbolize greatness and enrichment. In the words of Yosef Ben-Jochannan “Dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty. My lord, she’s a black woman.” Today, we admire the gorgeous model Destiny Owusu for Melanin Monday!
Ghanaian model, Destiny Owusu better known as Ohwawa makes our #MelaninMonday list. She executes beauty and culture through her powerful imagery. Destiny Owusu was born and raised in Virginia. She started modeling through her good friend Daryl Hall Jr. who she says is the reason she is a model today. After her first photoshoot with Hall in Fredericksburg modeling became more than a hobby. Now she is making a huge name for herself in the beauty industry. She graces us with her love for African fashion throughout her portfolio because she embodies her culture. So what’s next for the Ghanaian model? Owusu told Zen Magazine “This season I look forward to working with some great designers and photographers everybody doesn’t know of. This year will be different.”
What is Melanin? Melanin is the root of what gives color. Women of color are the most unappreciated humans created. We embrace women of color to give them encouragement and to understand they are beautiful. Destiny Owusu is the perfect example of perfection. By understanding who you are and what you can do when you love yourself. Women of color is still underrepresented in history, media and the cosmetic industry. We are making progress but we still have a long way to go.
Written by @leahgordone