For their new series, "Talking Body", Elle Magazine interviewed model, Philomena Kwao, who recently appeared in the latest Sports Illustrated Magazine as part of their Swim Suits For All Series (pictured above). In a very honest and candid interview, Kwao reflects on past pain, the realities of the modeling industry, and what confidence looks like to her:
For three months, Joie Nearn, Imani Weeks, and Sydne Hopkins interviewed, directed, and edited a mini-docuseries, "For The Love Of Brown Girls", asking their fellow schoolmates at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia what their thoughts were on the "Light Skin" vs "Dark Skin" debate. As told on TakePart.com, Weeks said, “I know a lot of times if we discuss stuff like this, people get into hard-core debates, so it can be scary to bring it up. It’s the same way that people are afraid to talk about police brutality,but it’s still something that has to be fixed, and in order for it to be fixed, it has to be talked about.”
Everyday, I'd see my friend Su's skin and marvel at how clear, smooth, and blemish free it was.
After 3 weeks of gawking, I finally said, "Su. Your skin is getting on my nerves. How do you keep it so smooth?"
She smiled, as if she was about to put me on to something exclusive, and told me that she frequents a spa about twice a month. Not one to miss out on a good referral, I quickly jotted down the name of the spa, made an appointment for the same day, and prepared myself, or so I thought, for what was going to be the ultimate experience, and best kept secret.
Well, I was right:
I was walking into a Korean Bath House, and boy, was it an experience.
If you recognize this cutie patootie as someone you may have seen before, don't worry, you're not crazy. Violet, pictured above, is the beautiful daughter of singer/actress Christina Milian who frequently makes appearances on her instagram page, and most recently, many blogs.