The world will be watching Windsor Castle on 19th May, and I will be doing the same.
10 percent in the name of “I’m a middle-aged woman and I fondly recall the hope of youth.”
10 percent in the name of “I can’t believe Harry didn’t choose me.”
80 percent in the name of “God damn it, the girl has done it. Woo hoo!”
That’s right – I’ll be cheering as this proud Woman of Colour does something that hasn’t been done before – marry into the very traditional institution of the British royal family.
It’s not an achievement in terms of giving hope to WOC around the world that they too can be a royal one day. We all know that’s utter B.S. Sadly.
No – this is about representation.
As a woman of colour I could not be any more happier for Prince Harry and Megan Markle???? who’d have thought we’d see the day a black woman would be an embraced royal????????#RoyalEngagement #blackprincess
— Talulah-Eve☄️ (@TalulahEve) November 27, 2017
One of the world’s most interesting, most-photographed, and most admired women is a proud, bi-racial woman: and that’s a big deal, because it sends a message to all little girls from minority groups that they can and will see themselves represented on the international stage.
Markle will represent to those little girls what Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama mean to me: it’s not just the Diane Sawyers, Nicole Kidmans, and Hillary Clintons of the world that people are inspired by, and respect. That it’s possible to be a woman of colour, and be seen not as just a Woman of Colour – but as an equal. Equally deserving of the attention.
And I know that’s so important to see that when you’re growing up, because I was once a young, little brown girl who was told things like “brown girls don’t do ballet.”
Meghan Markle on her wedding day will be a massive step in the right direction for all people of colour – a glossy-haired beacon of hope on the road towards true equality, and a time when colour just won’t matter any more.