Ludacris’ Wife On How She ‘Struggles’ to Teach Family the Beauty of Their Dark Skin

"I’ve explained to them that beauty has nothing to do with your skin complexion."

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Eudoxie and Ludacris Bridges are raising her sister with their daughters. (@eudoxiee)

Ludacris’ wife Eudoxie Bridges knows the importance of representation and she’s eager to show some Gambian family members that their dark skin is beautiful.

On Instagram Friday, Feb. 16, Bridges explained she grew up feeling insecure of her light skin and as an adult, she turned around and had to help her dark-skinned family members feel good about their complexion.

“As an adult, I struggled teaching my mother, sisters, cousins, aunties… in Gabon how beautiful they are,” she said in a post sharing an Essence magazine cover featuring the actresses from “Black Panther.” “They have all wanted to bleach their skin and for many years it has hurt me. I’ve explained to them that beauty has nothing to do with your skin complexion. I’ve even shown them very unattractive white people, and very unattractive light skin people just to deter them from bleaching.”

Bridges added further that she’s raising her youngest sister, Christella Nso, in “a house full of light skin” and she reminds her daily of her beauty, smarts and strength.

“This image just brought tears to my eyes and empowered me,” Bridges concluded. “Thank you @essence For celebrating these beautiful Black women. I will buy many copies and take them to Gabon with me this summer. This is the most beautiful cover I’ve seen. I see my grandmother, my mother, my sisters, aunts and cousins. ✊🏾 ‘Black Panther’ movie is such an important movie for our culture and our kids.”

I grew up the only light person in my family. As a kid I struggled with that and wanted to be dark. As an adult I struggled teaching my mother, sisters, cousins, aunties… in Gabon how beautiful they are. They have all wanted to bleach their skin and for many years it has hurt me. I’ve explained to them that beauty has nothing to do with your skin complexion. I’ve even shown them very unattractive white people, and very unattractive light skin people just to deter them from bleaching. My husband and I are raising my beautiful youngest sister @christella_mimi in a house full of light skin. Everyday I remind her of how beautiful, strong and smart she is. This image just brought tears to my eyes and empowered me. Thank you @essence For celebrating these beautiful black women. I will buy many copies and take them to Gabon with me this summer. This is the most beautiful cover I’ve seen. I see my grandmother, my mother, my sisters, aunts and cousins. ✊🏾 Black Panther movie is such an important movie for our culture and our kids. 🙏🏽

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