There have been countless stories of young black women getting cement and other toxic substances injected into their backsides in order to obtain a curvier look. This poor and life threatening decision had to of been influenced by cost and shame.
Apryl Brown of Florida made media headlines after nearly died after undergoing illegal butt injections. She was injected with what she thought was silicone fillers, but turned out to be bathroom sealant. This ultimately led to her near death experience. It took 27 surgeries, including the amputation of her hands, feet and flesh around her buttocks to save her life.
Apryl now uses her tragic life experience to educate others on self love, empowerment and acceptance of others. In an interview with The Sun she explains that, “shame stopped me from seeking medical help. As time went on it got worse as the skin blackened. I developed hard lumps. Then the searing pain started. I had to tell my doctor what I did. I was so ashamed!”
I say as a community we need to focus more on being proud that we are who we are. Though we are a community of beautiful people, we still age differently, are shaped differently and look different. We have to be accepting of these diversities among our own. Broadening our perspective on what beauty really is could save a life!
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