I always saw many beautiful black people around me in my everyday life when I was growing up. We just were not thought of or portrayed as people who were also outwardly attractive. Black people did not fit into the larger societies idea of beauty unless you looked like Lena Horne. Miss Horne looked like a white woman dipped in beige paint, so Lena was considered beautiful by the standards of society. Lena Horne definitely was a beautiful woman; no doubt about that. It is the world that puts limits on what is considered beautiful, therefore most black people do not fit into that mold. This twisted way of thinking affected many black girls growing up and I was no exception.
When I saw Florence Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson that Sunday night on Ed Sullivan I was mesmerized. The next day I went to school and all me and my schoolmates could talk about was this new singing group and how pretty and glamorous they looked. I wanted to be just like Diana when I grew up too.