Mar 22, 2016 10:31AM

Amandla Stenberg On Body Dysmorphia & Black Sexuality

"I have understood the body of a white woman before I have understood my own."

Wisest girl on the planet Amandla Stenberg shared some words on her Instagram today that deserve some serious attention/respect. In a very succinct kind-of-poem, Amandla introduces terms like "Minority Mistress" and "Pink Purity" — evoking stereotypes that exist around black and white bodies/sexuality — to discuss how white bodies are normalised in the media while black bodies are othered.

The passage opens on a really real sentiment:

"I have understood the body of a white woman before I have understood my own," writes Amandla.  

She goes on to explain that she learned dysmorphia because she's different. This "learning" implies that these ideas and feelings build up over time as you absorb knowledge, and grow into your body.

But, being the legend she is, Amandla doesn't end on that devo note — focusing instead on how she's learnt to love herself: 

"I have been gifted with a sacred unraveling. There is power in unearthing my limbs for myself." 

some thoughts on my consistently shifting relationship w my body/feeling shame for black sexuality

A photo posted by amandla (@amandlastenberg) on

This is important and relatable stuff. Go Amandla! 

Photo: @amandlastenberg

Lucy Jones