On Beauty: Colonialism 101

We were taught to open
parasols when we walked
in the sun, and suffered

long sleeves in ninety-
degree heat. We never learned
about SPF sunscreen, but one year

the biggest trend was kaolin-
based medicinal creams. The fairest
girls were crowned school queens.

Can you see the rest of us, dark
as farmers’ daughters, throwing flowers
at floats passing us in the streets?

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