“Mothers Cherish Their Children: Embracing the Beauty of Blackness”
In social media groups for mothers, capturing and sharing adorable moments of their children – whether playing, eating, sulking, or whining – has become a common and heartwarming topic.
One woman, Joha Mubayiwa, surprised many on Instagram when she proudly showcased her son’s beautiful black skin. The regular mother-and-child photo took on special significance as viewers were struck by the uniqueness and beauty of their dark skin.
Through pictures on Instagram and Facebook, Mubayiwa showcased her son’s lovely skin and expressed her hope that he always finds pride in his appearance, never allowing anyone to demean his beauty. She vowed to be a constant source of happiness in his life.
As she captioned the pictures, she lovingly wrote, “My dear son, I hope that you always find your skin to be beautiful even when others may tell you otherwise. You don’t need constant admirers to validate your beauty. Although I promise to always bring happiness into your life, this world may not always be as accepting, and sometimes happiness can slip away without notice.”
Joha’s message continued, “I hope you never have to worry about people staring at you because of the color of your skin. Your happiness should not depend on others. Life may throw challenges your way, but I promise to be there, always striving to bring you joy.”
The little boy, Rufaro, whose name means “happiness” in the Shona language of the Shona people in Zimbabwe, has inherited his beautiful skin color from his confident and proud mother.
Amidst whispers and comments about their appearance, Mubayiwa remains confident and fresh, hoping her son will always embrace and appreciate his unique identity, no matter how he evolves and grows.