AfricanAncestry.com’s tips for redefining “roots” of true beauty for women of African descent
In the world of African-American beauty, the words “roots” and “tips” may conjure up thoughts of re-touches and manicures. Imagine – for a moment -- that your beauty standards were attached to royalties, family pride, achievement and inner-worth? Wouldn’t that be beautiful in any culture?
AfricanAncestry.com, the leading resource for DNA-tracing of African roots, is helping thousands of women of color complement their Americanized beauty ideals with an inner “knowing” that transcends any imposed standard. Through African Ancestry’s proprietary ancestry tracing process, women of African descent across the nation are tapping into unprecedented levels of self-awareness and ultimately seeing themselves in a new way.
Gina Paige, founder and Ancestry Beauty expert of AfricanAncestry.com, shares the following top tips for redefining the “roots” of true beauty for women of African descent:
1. Know Your African “Make-Up”."From the alignment of your face and symmetry of your eyes to the fullness of your lips and curve of your hips, everything that is the essence of you is rooted in who you are and where you come from. While these traits are becoming more revered in American culture, no surgery or other manufactured beautification process can override what’s distinctly yours by birthright.
2. Customize Your Wardrobe. The influence of African customs can be spotted anywhere from your local Malls to high-fashion runways. From artisan hairstyles and ornate jewellery, to hand-woven authentic fabrics and sophisticated accessories. Gain a better understanding of your African trend-setting heritage and wear it with pride and confidence.
3. Top Your Models. Sure Beyonce and Oprah are icons in their own right in the U.S. However, women of African descent have also inherited rich legacies of royalty, entrepreneurialism and gifted talents from the various ethnic groups throughout West and Central Africa. Seek out resources that expand your territory when looking to positive, uplifting role models.
4. Family Refills. As a result of the slave trade, African-American family identities – including beauty traditions - were erased and replaced. Take your family’s identity into your own hands and seek reliable answers from companies like AfricanAncestry.com. One swab can reveal the roots of an entire family, which means every woman and/girl seeking true beauty in that lineage can benefit.
5. Globalize Yourself. Are you really a minority? People of African descent are amongst the most populated people in the world and defining yourself in a broader context expands your conditioned points of reference. Africa alone comprises more than 800 different ethnic groups with unique characteristics and languages. Your make-over doesn’t stop there. Once you know, routinely tap resources that help you connect, interact and learn with people that share the same ancestry. Visit AfricanAncestry.com to find out how you can start the discovering true beauty.
As women of African descent, knowing your African roots can unlock a world of resources that affirms your inner self and connects to your outer beauty.
Check out AfricanAncestry.com’s Gina Paige’s discussion on beauty standards on BET as part of My Black Is Beautiful program airing on Sundays at 1 p.m. EST., and hosted by Tasha Smith, Alesha Renee, Leela James and Kim Coles.