There was a time when one of the most attractive and untouched qualities about a woman was the natural twinkle in her eye.

Unfortunately, nowadays, on top of the fake hair, fake nails, surgical enhancements, and, in some instances, skin lighteners as well as fake-and-bake tans, you might find yourself looking into a Black woman’s eyes, and being greeted with a lavender iris. Quite an impossible hue for a sister, by any natural measures.

Quite like matching a cell phone case to an outfit, having your eye color in sync with your mood and/or your wardrobe, is becoming the next tier in fashion mayhem, and possibly the latest set back to celebrating natural beauty, and our ethnicity. This is called eye color privilege. It’s new phenomenon taking over the Black community as self-expression and the definition of beauty finds newer channels to encompass.

Contact lenses were once a product used for individuals needing vision assistance. They were designed as a visionary solution in lieu of glasses, to offer the necessary eye prescription but with a feel of never having needed glasses. Tossing in the color aspect made the idea of wearing contact lenses more of a creative option, like picking out your frames at the eye doctor. Yet everyday people are having lenses custom made as a way to lighten up their eye color, and step out of their ethnicity.

Maybe one could state that eyes have become the new inner prejudice. More and more Black women are rushing to the color contact aisle searching for a new shade of happiness. Their idea is that slipping into a set of contact lenses, can take you from the now perceived dull that is black and brown eyes, into a more popping and engaging hue, like America’s fascination with blonde hair and blue eyes.

As we see more and more celebrities fall into the contact lens abyss, the once famed phrase, “Black is beautiful,” begins to die at the closing of an eyelid.

Amber Rose has been known to dabble with blue eyes for more of a striking look, Tyra Banks occasionally rocks hazel, and Naomi Campbell moves about the color palette like a Picasso painting. Apart from them, we probably all know a sister who dances around the lens shades to the same degree with which she dyes her hair.

Unconsciously, this may be viewed as a norm or an acceptable trend, but quite like the statement that you made when you chose to go natural or relax your hair, the story your eyes tell carry the same conversation.

What are your eyes saying to the world?

– Alaina Lewis

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  • Ebony Maple Leaf

    Gotta chime in…..

    Tyra and Rihanna eyes are real. Both women have green eyes with flecks of brown, so from far away or in pictures their eyes look “olive green”.

    Next time people make comments about black women not having eye colors other than dark brown should read a book on genetics…….

  • GB

    I’ve seen black women with pink and purple contacts. I seriously doubt they think anyone thinks that’s natural or that they have racial identity issues.

  • Alexandra

    ….and at the end of the day people are gonna do what they wanna do. People are gonna wear what they wanna wear, people are gonna eat what they wanna eat, people are gonna date who they wanna date. Everything is not always linked with something.

    Most of the world has Brown eyes. It is very common. Someone choosing to wear non-Brown eyes wants something different.
    I’ve never worn contacts & was never fascinated with light or dark colored eyes, but I fail to see the privilege light eyes have? I’m sure some people will make mention of it sometimes, but skin color will probably have more of privilege than eye color ever will.

  • BrittanyBEEST

    I never thought of it as a race thing, I just think they make people look possessed. I saw a white girl with some hazel contacts when I was in middle school and she looked like a goblin. My roommate now wears green contacts and I also think she looks like a goblin.

  • Tae

    I, too, have dark brown eyes. and I get compliments on them all the time! i love my eyes cause they seem to be the windows into my soul. they say dark sensual and focused! i think when people wear colored contacts they are masking their souls…just a thought!