The 22 year old who founded For Brown Girls as a way of celebrating black women has passed away at age 22 of an apparent sυicide.
Karyn Washington founded For Brown Girls, then launched her #DarkSkinRedLip initiative after rapper A$ap Rocky cautioned dark skinned girls against wearing red lipstick. The mission of both endeavors was to encourage darker skinned women to celebrate their beauty.
She described how she came to create FBG:
When the blog was initially created, my cousin and I were dealing with self-esteem issues relating to our complexion and we would vent to each other. Through talking it out and building each other up, we felt better but also didn’t like the fact that we were even having these feelings to begin with. We also realized that other girls may be going through the same thing and wanted to use Tumblr as a means to vent, encourage others and overcome. Since then, I have gained a greater passion for the cause and helping others.
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