The Women Of Bad Boy Reflect On Embracing #NoStereotypes When It Comes To Black Beauty [VIDEO]
The Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour is a moment to relive – or, for the young’ins, to discover – the 90s classics that have kept us Diddy bopping for the last two decades.
(see: Urban Dictionary for “Diddy bopping” if you’re not hip to the definition).
But for the women of Sean “Puff Daddy” Comb’s Bad Boy Records, the tour also is a time to reflect on the standards of beauty in pop culture and damaging stereotypes inflicted upon Black women.
“Coming into the industry, of course, you see the people with the leotards… and I’m saying, that’s not me. That’s not my flavor,” said Pamela Long, 1/3 of Bad Boy’s R&B girl group Total.
Fan always thought of Long as the tomboy of the group. She did, too, until she had a moment with God.
“I’ll never forget when God said to me, he said, ‘you’ve never been a boy,’” Long remembered. “He said, ‘you’re athletic.’ That’s the thing. I’ve got an athletic build but I’m still a woman.”
Hours before the tour’s opening night in Chicago, Long and her bandmates – alongside Bad Boy first lady Faith Evans and legendary choreographer Laurieann Gibson – sat on a panel hosted by Black hair-care brand ORS Olive Oil for its first of seven Beauty Chronicle Empowerment series.
The series is part of the brand’s #NoStereotypes campaign, which is meant to debunk and expose hurtful beauty stereotypes placed upon people of color.
“I would love to see women love themselves more. I think a lot of women love ourselves but we love the stereotypes more,” Total’s Kima Raynor said. “Like, you bring up [VH1’s] Love & Hip Hop. Everybody’s getting their bodies done, their lips done. Love you. Be you.”